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    Default Help with taking pictures

    Hi all,
    I am having abit of a problem taking photographs of some friends. They are abit on the dark/tanned side and whenever i take photographs of them, the overall photograph is too dark. Post-processing using Picture Project to brighten just results in them looking burnt (reddish). Can anyone please help me? Thanks very much, and much apologies for any offence caused.

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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    Try to dial up the exposure. It's known in your manual as exposure compensation. Typically about +2/3 stop to +1 stop should be fine for shooting dark-skinned subjects
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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    Ah, ok, thank you Stoned.
    Another question: is it ok if i continue to focus on their faces, or should i increase aperture and focus on something more neutral, like a wall instead? Finally, should i focus on the person with the middle complexion (of the lot), or the fairest or..?

    Thanks very much for all your help!

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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    try using flash?
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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    I'm afraid I'm still abit of a flash idiot but will most definitely try it out when i have the time. thanks very much for the tip!

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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by saurtan View Post
    Ah, ok, thank you Stoned.
    Another question: is it ok if i continue to focus on their faces, or should i increase aperture and focus on something more neutral, like a wall instead? Finally, should i focus on the person with the middle complexion (of the lot), or the fairest or..?

    Thanks very much for all your help!
    Perhaps easier to post a picture for critic.

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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    basically read ur meter and adjust ur settings accordingly.
    not sure abt the reddish issue, might be white balance if i think i got u right. . .

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    Default Re: Help with taking pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by saurtan View Post
    Ah, ok, thank you Stoned.
    Another question: is it ok if i continue to focus on their faces, or should i increase aperture and focus on something more neutral, like a wall instead? Finally, should i focus on the person with the middle complexion (of the lot), or the fairest or..?

    Thanks very much for all your help!
    I always liked Nikon's metering. With the adjustment, Matrix mode should work just fine.
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