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    Eh got advice on how to take black people properly? bangla/indian/afro americans etc

    when i correctly expose the surroundings, they are under exposed. den when i expose their faces properly, surrounding gets blown out.... they constantly look like back lit subjects...

    lets assume using flash fill is only the last resort...

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    Could you post an example pix?

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    hmm.. also brings in the question if HDR works on portrait shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsenGrim View Post
    Eh got advice on how to take black people properly? bangla/indian/afro americans etc
    Think the politically correct phrase should be, 'people of darker skin tone'.

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    if you use the evaluative metering of a camera, you are basically at the mercy of the system but you could try overexposing by 1 to 1 2/3 ev... or you could try using spot metering, and underexposing the metered reading again by 1 to 1 2/3 ev depending on the skintone... try shooting in RAW so you have greater leeway

    you could bracket your shots, taking an additional shot that is one stop over and another one under...
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    if you using a in camera meter taking a reading of a fair skin tone person, you need to open up a little, as he/she skin tone is lighter than mid tone. (if you shoot according to the camera meter, you will underexposed him/her)

    for a darken skin tone person, if you using a in camera meter to take a reading, you need to close down a little, as he/she skin tone is darker than mid tone (if you shoot according to the camera meter, you will overexposed him/her)

    that the reason why many photographer prefer to use handheld light meter for incident meter reading, so whatever color skin tone of a subject, can exposed at it is.

    now back to your original question, since your subject is a darker skin tone person, why you place your subject at a such a high contrast scene in the first place?

    so either you change a background, using a fill flash, or photoshop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0eln0el View Post
    hmm.. also brings in the question if HDR works on portrait shots?
    not if u want to achieve a realistic skin tone.

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    i doubt there're methods to perfectly balance both the background and foreground in this situations...

    just like you have to +1 EV taking pictures of icebergs and -1 when taking pictures of eg. ppl wearing dark jackets..cameras aren't fool-proof when coming to identifying the correct exposures in white/black objects

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