Shooting into the sun...mostly?

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  1. badspell68

    badspell68 TPF Noob!

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    Nikon D5000 with 18-55 VR kit

    I'm shooting the front of a house with bright sunlight streaming through the windows, around the edges and through one window you can see the sun. The house in my pictures is VERY dark and the light dominates the picture. I have tried everything my limited skill can conjure up, so I'm hoping someone will have insight into how I can create a beautiful picture from this setting?

    Thanks!
     
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    There is a technique called HDR. High Dynamic Range.

    High dynamic range imaging - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The image sensor in your camera doesn't work like your eye and the image sensor doesn't have the dynamic range the human eye has either.

    HDR entails using a tripod and taking a minimum of 3 exposures to capture at a correct exposure of the entire breadth of the particular scenes dynamic range.

    Another option is to light the interior of the room to make it about as bright as the window.

    I don't think Canon makes a D5000, but Nikon does. Canon does make a 500D.
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    its a nikon d5000 (Nikon uses VR, canon uses IS)
     
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    Stormchase No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A flash can do the trick too!
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    oh sorry, HDR works great for that!
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Troll alert?
     
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    Nikon, yes....LOL

    The shot is of the exterior of the house.
     
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    IS there settings I can adjust to get the picture?
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    is their an autobracketing setting? That works great.
     
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    KmH is very right with the HDR! :D

    YOu could also very easily set the metering mode to spot metering. On a D70 you hold down the cross hair looking button (On the top just below the shutter release button) and spin the wheel until the picture on the top screen is just a dot.
     
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    I don't seem to have that button.
     
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    Yep, your camera has that button and it's right by the shutter release (trigger), but you don't have the screen on top, you have to look at the Quick Settings display on the back LCD.

    You need to read the camera users manual. The camera has capabilities and functions you don't yet know exist, let alone how they work.
     

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