Why is the sky blown out??

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  1. Soulshinephotographer

    Soulshinephotographer TPF Noob!

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    I have a Nikon D750

    Every time a shoot it always blows out the sky.

    If I meter for the sky then my subjects are way too dark. I tried it in auto and it really didn't help much. It just equaled the subject and sky, which led to still dark subject and a little more detail in the sky but not enough.

    I just got the camera a little while ago so I'm still learning it but I adjusted all my setting in manual (I shoot in Raw) and it still wasn't to my liking. I feel this task should be easy with a $2k camera. I know I can bracket but don't feel it should be necessary for what I'm trying to achieve.


    Can anyone give some insight as to what's going on?


    Thanks in advance!

    Example picture attached. The sky was very pretty blue and had beautiful clouds. It's too bad it didn't show up in these photos.


     

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    What metering mode are you using? In the first photo, the exposure range is pretty wide, and the subjects are well exposed. In the second, you have a lot of bright subject matter (sky, sunflowers). And if the metering is center-weighted, you'll get good subject exposure, but risk blown highlights.

    If you haven't tried editing the photos, you should, since some "sins of original exposure" can be atoned for in Photoshop, etc.
     
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    You're fighting physics (and it's a battle you won't win). You can come out on top in a few skirmishes and as mentioned, post-processing affords you some latitude, but at the end of the day, The only way to PROPERLY deal with this is to add supplemental light to the equation in the form of strobes or reflectors to reduce the dynamic range of the scene.
     
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    Even a $10K camera can't adjust the lighting contrast range in the scene -- that's your job. You have to make sure the lighting contrast is appropriate before you trip the shutter.

    Joe
     
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    In my opinion of the two photos you have given as example both are okay. I honestly would like to see some fill light in the first one but the second one I think is just fine.

    As others have mentioned, metering for the sky and then adding fill flash (most likely with High speed sync) is the only way to get both background and foreground properly exposed in these two images.
     
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    On people you could try HSS but not sure if your camera can do it. With high speed sync flash, it provides the opportunity to control ambient light. Typically, you would shoot at faster shutter speeds like 4000, wide open aperture for subject isolation, and the flash pulsates at high output to quench the backlit ambient light. I have done it a few times with my fujifilm and when done right, works great.
    hss with nikon d750 - Google Search
     
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    The blown sky in the first doesn't immediately draw my attention. The second picture is cute, but the first is a real winner to me. It's a sweet photo with lots of emotion, and the processing is nice, albeit a little dark for my tastes (but that could be the dappled light). The first is a tad warm, but it does fit the photo.

    Sorry to be harsh, but this is your welcome to photography 101. If you put your $2K camera on auto, you're getting similar results as my 7 year old point and shoot on auto. As a photographer, you need to learn how to control light for your photo (i.e., use the equipment and learn how to use flashes, strobes, and reflectors for fill light).

    But, I'm just a hobbyist, so listen to the professionals above.

    This is a great guide: Strobist: Lighting 101: Introduction
     
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    Or do a 2 shot composite of the picture, one for subject, and one for sky.
     
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    @jcdeboever, the OP says the camera is a D750. Honestly it better do HSS, although Nikon doesn't call it that.
     
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    I changed it before your response....
     
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    Isn't this what graduated neutral density filters were invented for? Or HDR?
     
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    In the first one a GND filter would probably work but in the second one it would cover the subject and make the baby dark and under exposed.
     

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