Post # 1
How can I take images like these? If you have any articles, please refer me to them… I really want some awesome pictures like this on vacation this year! I have a Nikon D40, so be as detailed as possible for both examples below, please!!!
Photo #1 with the subject kind of dim and the sun bright.
Photo # 2 with the subjects still well-seen and clear and yet still getting the beautiful sunset colors.
Post # 3
I don’t have any articles to direct you to, but the first picture is simply a fast shutter speed (try 1/400 and up), no flash. The sun is pretty bright, so its still bright enough to light up the peoples back a little. If it were any darker, it would just be a sillouette. The second is probably a quick shutter like the first one, but with flash.
Post # 4
yeah the first one is easy. the lens should focus on the hands and with the sun in the correct position it should work out fine. For the second pic, you may have an issue with sun flare because of the angle of the sun. shooting with a fast shutter speed, and flash with counter balance the flare.
Post # 5
Image #1: Meter for the sun so you get a silhouette, and then dial up exposure compensation until you get the detail you want in the subjects. The starburst here looks like it was done in post production, but the correct way to do it in camera is to use a very small aperture ~F14-F22.
Image #2 Again, the sunburst looks like it was done in post here, but the correct way to do it would be to use an aperture of F14-F22. Meter the scene for the backgound so it looks the way you want it, the subjects will be dimly lit. Then use an on camera flash, or even better, an off camera flash in an umbrella or softbox to light up the subjects. What you are doing here is “overpowering the sun” and will be very hard even with an external flash. sometimes portable studio strobes are used that have higher light out put. Forget using your on camera flash here.