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 Post subject: Where to expose/meter ?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:17 am 
Hi,

A newbie question...

Im taking a picture where theres high contrast, the sun and the shadow parts. I am not using the speedlight or built in.

And my subject is sitting in the shadow area. I know if i meter the background, my subject would be totally under and if i expose the subject, the background would be blown away.

How do professionals tackle this problem ??...do they :-

1. Expose the subject correctly and ignore the background ?

2. Expose for the background, and later post process the subject, adjusting the subject's exposure.

I hope to get some advice on this matter ..

Thank you so much


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:40 am 
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Several options, including:

1 - Fill Flash for the shadow areas
2 - Expose for the subject and let the highlights blow (sometimes creatively) by spot or centre weighted metering
3 - Multiple exposures and blending


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:41 am 
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See the dark foreground, light background post a little further down as well


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:46 am 
thanks for the reply dubaiphil...

The contrast range was very high.....

i actually under exposed the subject by 1 stop, so that the background wont be too over ...then i edit it in lightroom...( doesnt help that much though, as the background still blown...heheh )

thanks again !!...


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If you shoot in raw you'd be able to bring back the detail in the background much more than if you were hooting in jpeg.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:04 am 
You ask the question "what would the pros do?"

Answer is likely avoid the problem by choosing a different location, change the angles to use a different darker background or shoot at a different time of the day.

There is the option to use PP fu. Basically your looking at HDR techniques. If you look in last months On Assignment you'll see palkaboy has combined 2 images to in photoshop to solve this exact problem


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