I need some help

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  1. DrunkenGiraffe

    DrunkenGiraffe TPF Noob!

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    I can't seem to get the exposure right for bay/black horses. Example:
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    I know that focus isn't great here, but that's a different issue and I just used the first photo I could find to try and show what I mean.
    Sometimes I just get lucky and it works, but a lot of the time, I don't get any detail on the horse. Is this an issue with the wrong metering mode? I have tried using different modes, usually I use centre-weighted, is this right? It seems to be the biggest issue when they are in motion, as I think I get it right when the are still. (see http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...m-photo-gallery/215216-what-do-you-think.html)
    Basically I just want some tips on how to get the exposure right for a dark horse, because I really struggle with it.
     
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    puyjapin TPF Noob!

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    The metering mode its self isnt really relevant if you use the correct exposure. it just gives you an indication to the setting you need. In this case it would look at the fact there is bright white and dark in the same scene, so the dark horse could look too dark and the white blown. In my opinion it would be best to photo the dark animal against a midtone sort of background. also perhaps the sharpness is not there as the shutter speed is not fast enough for stopping movement. I would personally try to use 1/500th, at say f5.6 and then depending on the light up the iso until the exposure looks ok...of course if the horse was running and you were panning you could use a bit slower shutter and a wider aperture if your lens can do that.
    also id shoot anything like this in RAW, then you can fill the light to brighten the shadows, if need be. Just my opinion. what mode are you in? Aperture priority?
     
  3. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    try different angle. The horse is all in shadow.. Either come closer and use your flash, or use a different angle. If you expose it higher, the girl will be so blown.
     
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    The only way you could have properly exposed the horse in this scene is by using spot metering mode, because the side of the horse the camera sees is in hard shadow.
    But, then the fence and and other highlights would be blown out (having an RGB value of 255, 255, 255 and no visible detail). As it is, the riders blouse is already blown out in this shot.

    If you do not have a good flash you can use as fill to balance the shaded side of the horse with the rest of the bright sunlit portions of the scene, something has to give and one part of the scene, or the other, will not be exposed properly.

    That's why pro shooters almost always use supplimental lighting when shooting outdoors.
     
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    Your camera does not have enough dynamic range to get the exposure for the girls top and the dark horse, shoot for exposure on the horse and the girl will be over exposed, i would shoot for the girls top and use a bit of shadow recovery
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    Choosing your positioning can help like this shot
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    But not with horses ;) i would never use flash with a horse and rider
     
  7. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've shot a number of equestrian events, and I for fill during the day, I wouldn't hesitate to use flash at the sort of distance in the OP image.
     
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    You would be thrown out over here, flash is not allowed at the events i shoot at especially FEI events
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Huh... different countries different rules I s'pose...
     
  10. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The horses in england are sensitive to light I heard :). The would go nuts if they see a flash :)
     
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    The shot you posted of the rider and horse is plagued by strong side-lighting...there's almost no direct sunlight on the side of the horse closest to the camera. As you can see, the sunlight is striking the woman's chest area, and her legs,and the horse's forehead--you need to get some light onto a dark horse. Take a look at gsgary's shot...look at the way there is sunlight striking the horse and the rider...

    At events, the photographer needs to set up in such a way that there is good lighting on the subjects.
     
  12. DrunkenGiraffe

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    Cool thanks. I have had photos were the horse comes out pretty good like this [​IMG]
    I was just wonderering what I could have done better when that sort of thing like the first picture happens. Basically don't bother if the horse is in shadows? I'm not comfortable using flash just because of how unpredictable horses are.
     

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