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  1. bbirnie

    bbirnie TPF Noob!

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    Alright, I know this picture is crap but I'm just using it as an example.

    The background is a lake, and fairly bright sky........ no matter what I did I couldn't get the lake and sky to just show up like it did through my eyes.

    Yes I am a complete beginner but I do understand how the fundamentals of a SLR cam work.

    It was taken with a Canon T1i at ISO 200 (probs my first error) Fstop - 5, focul length 27mm and shutter 1/50.

    I went through all the metering modes, and white balances presets and AWB but either she would be too dark, or the background would be over exposed

    When I changed those settings then the subject would be too dark.

    thanks

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    sovietdoc TPF Noob!

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    you problem is:

    1st, set iso to 100
    2nd raise your shutter speed to 1/320 or something.

    1/50 is too low

    The pic is overexposed because of slow shutter speed.
     
  3. bbirnie

    bbirnie TPF Noob!

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    The problem was, was that she was in the shade....... quite dark where she was sitting, but the rest of the background was in bright sunlight, so when I raised the shutter speed, or lowered the ISO then she was too dark.
     
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    misstwinklytoes TPF Noob!

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    Why is she wearing cold weather boots with what I assume to be a bikini?

    Yeah, I'd say you'd just have to get some good combo of shutter speed and aperture.
     
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    You need to expose both the subject and the background the same... So you either need to make the sun dim OR introduce light to your subject. A camera can only do so much.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    meter the background, shoot it with flash.. problem solved. BTW.. next time dont let her sit on the towel LOL
     
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    oldmacman TPF Noob!

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    Agreed. Time for some fill. I must admit, I have never seen that kind of blown out area before. So Yellow.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Although ISO 200 isnt my first choice, it is not the problem. You can still get good photo with ISO 200 with this scenario.
     
  9. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Absolutely adding light is the solution to the problem, however, with that much dynamic range it's doubtful a pop-up, or even a speedlight, would have enough power to balance the foreground and background without being very harsh.

    Meter the subject to set your aperture, then meter the background to determine the lighting ratio and how much supplimental light you will need to have the background a stop or so less than your subject.

    Good photos are made with supplimental lighting, in the daytime outdoors, at night, and inside.

    You were right to put her in open shade. The only trouble is, you didn't arrange the shot so your main light was from the Sun and reflections off the lake. Your camera position was 180° out of wack, making her backlit by your main light.
     
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    JasonLambert TPF Noob!

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    BTW... I agree.... Towel needs to go... Unless this is an advertisement for the towel company, she should look comfortable while having a rock wall shoved up her a$$ lol... That's why I would rather be behind the camera!
     
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    oldmacman TPF Noob!

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    First the "pp" comment and now this. I think the baby must be, um, cutting into a routine or something... ;)
     
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    They should put a warning on cold medications that states "Do not participate in any on-line forum while taking this drug. Doing so may make you sound retarded." Not myself today... Kinda like who I am, though!
     

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