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    Default if shotting a person or object with a very bright sun behind..

    ...wad can the photographer do to allow the highlight and the foreground not to be dark ?


    flash?(filled)
    use exposure value(+1) bracketing to do hdr??

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    Default Re: if shotting a person or object with a very bright sun behind..

    Aperture set lower. (means bigger number)
    Speed set higher.

    Depending on the brightness of the sun, my settings would:
    F14 - F18
    1/200 - 1/320 sec
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    Default Re: if shotting a person or object with a very bright sun behind..

    Quote Originally Posted by alvinkm View Post
    ...wad can the photographer do to allow the highlight and the foreground not to be dark ?


    flash?(filled)
    use exposure value(+1) bracketing to do hdr??
    move the person to another location?

    edit: if unable to move and using only onboard flash, switch to P mode and FEC +1. Most of the time, you will get your shot.
    Last edited by Reportage; 26th March 2009 at 10:44 PM.
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    Default Re: if shotting a person or object with a very bright sun behind..

    use partial or spot metering???

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    Default Re: if shotting a person or object with a very bright sun behind..

    Ya, I would use a fill in flash but -1 stop
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    Default Re: if shotting a person or object with a very bright sun behind..

    what you need to do is to balance the exposure of the background and the foreground

    1. a nice big reflector to bounce some of that nice bright sunlight back to the person or object (white/silver/gold depends on your desired effect)
    2. if the reflected light is not enough to balance then add a fill flash
    3. if that is still not enough and you must have that particular background, then come back when the sun is the other side and lighting the subject

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