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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:34 pm 
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Below, you can see that I am unable to get the signboard on the left to have details.( beside flashgun, what can i do about it, as the background has fool the exposure of the camera)- kindly provide a detail while easy to understand ways to cope with it ^^
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Below is just inside a shelter.
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Easiest solution: shoot with the sun behind you - not in front.

Concentrating on exposure for now and your dark sign/foreground:

You're shooting into the sun, so your camera is going to choose a faster shutter speed to expose properly.

So, what are you trying to capture? There's no clear subject in your photos. If you want to shoot into the sun, then you have a choice:

1 - do you want to capture the sky, but have a dark foreground?
2 - do you want to capture the foreground, but have a bright white sky?

You can't have both the sky & the foreground correctly exposed here with basic photography techniques (except HDR, but you should focus on the basics first)

There are lots of tricks and techniques for controlling exposure, but it's best to start with deciding exactly what you want to photograph first.

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In an ideal world, there is an ideal camera, which captures all the colours :] But this is no ideal world. I'm surprised how much a human eye is able to spot, how many different colours, and how wide a tonal spectrum as well.

Nevertheless - you could try following:
1. use higher ISO (from experience I see that it sometimes "sees" more)
2. HDR - different exposures and process them in some software
3. experiment with the exposure, so that you get least of pure black (full left on histogram) and not too much complete white (full right on histogram). Then try lightroom with the adjustment brush, processing the RAW files. You can sometimes achieve very much by doing this.

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Carloz: Tried higher ISO, and end up the sky over-exposed. Exposure minus stop will make the signboard even darker. >_<"
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kimchi: I am trying to make the signboard brighter, as the background and sun etc is exactly what i see on that day.
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The only way I see, is to use a flash which you seemed to know. other would be as pundits said exposure bracketing and then merging which you don't seem to like.

By the way what's there on the sign board?

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Surprised no one suggested it yet. Tried shadow recovery in software? In a quick try on one I can get detail from the sign although the low resolution of these doesn't allow me to make out what it is.

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Yep, did not think about it, but being there, I'd maybe give it a go... Go for the flash, it will not affect the background sky in any way, and should expose the sign nicely :)

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I'd personally go with a HDR in this situation.


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I think over exposing the picture by 1 or less stop will work, but the sun will be brighter instead, so maybe HDR will work.

Is the sign really so important? If so, I suggest moving nearer the signboard, over expose the picture a little and then shoot, if its too bright, move even nearer to the signboard.


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The signboard shows an interesting fish logo and stated "FINE for fishing". The message from the signboard is not very important, just that I tired spot-metering also doesn't work, and making it a HDR photo doesn't seems to be suitable, so just wondering if there are other methods which works.
Flash may not work well, as im slightly distance from it.

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you got a polariser filter?

If not consider getting one, pretty useful to have anyway.

It might help with the sky, I also like the idea of the flash.

Shoot in raw and then go to town with photoshop.

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I would think that a polarising filter will not work.
However, the idea of flash is good. If the distance is too far, use a flashgun, if you have one.
Try the integrated flash anyway. Hopefully it works.


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maxjj: i use CPL filter, the reason the sky doesn't have hue, is because it was about to rain that time. Yes, I got myself wet >_<"

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