How to Capture the Perfect Blue Background in Wide Angle Photographs
Getting the perfect blue background on wide-angle photographs is one of the keys to a successful image. Although many folks are daunted by the task, learning how to do it consistently is very easy! The key to achieving a rich blue background is by understanding how to use the cameras “light meter”. Here are a few steps to get you started in the right direction.
- The first step is to set your f-stop based on how far you are from your subject. The further you are away from your subject the more open your f-stop should be.
- Aim your camera at the blue in the direction you are planning to shoot (make sure you aim at the unencumbered blue background, not the foreground).
- Keep an eye on your light meter in the view finder while adjusting your shutter speed until the light meter reads between 0 and – 1. Voila! You are now set at the speed you will need to achieve a rich blue background.
- Take the photo.
- Review and adjust – Have a look at the image, is the blue too light? Time to increase the shutter speed. Blue too dark? Slow the shutter speed down.
That’s it! A quick and easy way to get the perfect blue on your wide angle underwater photographs.
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