Why is the sky blown out??

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  1. Destin

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    This. You need fill flash or some other form of lighting so that you can expose for the sky and raise the exposure of the subjects to match.

    Yes, you can fake it in post. But it will never look right.

    There is only one truly correct way to do this, and that's to use lighting of some sort and get it right in camera.


     
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    In the days before matrix metering came along (Nikon FA), I would take a number of readings with a 1 degree spot meter, getting values for each area of the scene. That would tell me if one exposure, averaged among the readings would work, or if fill light would be needed. I've had EV readings which no amount of averaging could handle, and in that case, you need to have a Plan B, with scrims or artificial lights. Even digital sensors don't have huge amounts of latitude.

    You can also fall back on the adage, "Expose for the highlights, develop for the shadows, and in this case go to Photoshop. You can also bracket your exposures, but additional light sources are the way to go.
     
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    if you think it's tough on a $2,000 D750, try it on a $10,000 Leica
     
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    Screw it. Buy a $30k RED cinema camera.

    Still won't be able to defeat the laws of physics.
     
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    Actually, a camera with a theoretical infinite dynamic range would make for really weird crappy photos. Everything will be grey and there'll be not absolute black and absolute white.

    This thread should read: Buy $2k camera, unwilling to understand the zone system.
    Understanding & Using Ansel Adam's Zone System
     
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    It was disappointing to get a fancy camera and realize your old point and shoot or phone takes seemingly better pictures. iPhone automatically does hdr. Think I can turn it on on my d5300 but I hear it is not proper to do so and would amount to combining 2 pics in post I gather. My old point and shoot had what i thought was better zoom in a tiny attached lens and better autofocus/ crispness but I'm sure is user error... I hope at least. Giving us too much control might be a problem and back before if we had a blown out sky we probably wouldn't even have known or imagined there was a better way and wouldn't have hesitated to let the camera use it's on board flash if it wanted to.
     

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