Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Digital Exposure Tips From The Pros
Don’t rely on setting the camera to auto or fixing a photo after capture. Check out what the pros have to say about exposure.
Labels: Camera Technique
8 Getting the right backlight. Backlit situations are always intimidating to photographers unsure about their metering. The way I think about a backlit subject is to ask myself how dark do I want the shaded side—the side facing me—to be. If I make the shaded side very dark, then I’ll emphasize the rim lighting of the backlight. If I make it lighter, then I’ll emphasize the subject and deemphasize the backlighting. In this case, since I wanted to see the face of the bear cub, I decided to spot-meter the face and make it a half-stop darker than a medium tonality. This actually lightened up the dark, shadowed face of the bear. By doing so, I diminished the backlighting, but didn’t eliminate it altogether.
9 Strike a balance. When you’re composing a photograph, consider the overall balance of light and dark areas within the frame. Bright objects, especially when seen along the edges, are often distracting. As I set up this image of corn lilies, I watched carefully to make sure there were no bright leaves that would pull the viewer’s eye out of the frame.
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