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    Default Night Portraits with night sky - Help please

    Hello all!
    I may be going camping in Joshua Tree this weekend with some good friends and have the potential for some awesome pictures. I have the E510 with kit lense, 40-150 older lens, and a 70-300.

    I am really interested in taking some cool portraits of the group, I have seen cool pictures that have flash in the foreground to capture faces and long exposure in the background to capture all the beautiful stars. I am very rusty on photography, life has taken over. But I am trying to back into it! What Kind of settings should I use for a photo like that?

    Also would love to just take some beautiful pics of the stars, any tips??

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Night Portraits with night sky - Help please

    I was going to suggest to have the flash in manual power mode (the onboard flash) since you do not have flash listed. I would also set it at 2nd flash but I do not think you can do it that with the onboard flash. So you might have to be in manual mode for the ambient and just enough power to do the subject.
    An external flash plus a flash meter that can read ambient plus 30% flash may work. I know when I do outside under the shade I use my light flash meter and shoot with 30% flash.

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    Default Re: Night Portraits with night sky - Help please

    if you take more than a 30 second exposure, depending on direction(north direction they don't move as fast it seems) you will have star trails, so if you don't want them take 30 sec or shorter exposures, I suppose for the effect you want you could stack two photos, one with flash and another long exposure?
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    Default Re: Night Portraits with night sky - Help please

    Set your camera flash for "slow synch" This is hybrid metering mode that opens the shutter for a longer period to get a bit of ambient light into the background, but will flash the subjects up close. There are two slow synch modes. One fires the flash at the beginning of the exposure and the other (2nd curtain synch) fires the flash at the end of the exposure. This creates a different motion blur effect if the subjects are moving

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