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    Default Shooting subjects with harsh background light...

    As title.
    Was wondering what settings i can use in order to get both subject and background in the correct exposure as bumping up the shutter speed or increasing the f-number will often overexpose the background.

    Is there a way?

    Pardon me if this question is too easy to be answered...

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    Default Re: Shooting subjects with harsh background light...

    There is no setting because the dynamic range of the sensor is not wide enough. Reduce the dynamic range of the scene. Possible ways: fill-in flash, reflectors, zoom in to cut off / minimize bright background areas.
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    Default Re: Shooting subjects with harsh background light...

    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    There is no setting because the dynamic range of the sensor is not wide enough. Reduce the dynamic range of the scene. Possible ways: fill-in flash, reflectors, zoom in to cut off / minimize bright background areas.
    yup, metering or HDR also can
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    Expose for background and use a fill in flash

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    Wait till the light in both background and foreground the same, move around till it is similar, or use any of the abovementioned techniques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Expose for background and use a fill in flash
    Agree with you . This should be the correct technique. Try to increase the flash exposure.
    Last edited by megaweb; 28th January 2010 at 09:04 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlvinOMG View Post
    As title.
    Was wondering what settings i can use in order to get both subject and background in the correct exposure as bumping up the shutter speed or increasing the f-number will often overexpose the background.

    Is there a way?

    Pardon me if this question is too easy to be answered...
    Sad to say... the camera can't capture exactly what the eyes can see.
    This is the "dynamic range" that everyone is talking about. Google for more info.
    You have to do something to overcome this, and not fiddle with the settings, coz there ain't any magic setting. Fill flash seems to be the preferred method. I agree with that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Expose for background and use a fill in flash
    Thats what most ppl will do, dial down ur FEV (depending on the lighting conditions, it can range from -1 to -2EV) for a more natural looking flash (metering correcting for ambient light is key) just to lift shadows, fill light and reduce constrast.
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    Default Re: Shooting subjects with harsh background light...

    ignore the metering of the background, let it be WHITE.
    meter the subject face, fire the shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Wait till the light in both background and foreground the same, move around till it is similar, or use any of the abovementioned techniques.
    May i know what do you mean by "wait till the light in both background a foreground the same" ?

    @Others.
    Thanks guys for your valuable inputs
    looks like using a flash is a must lol

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    Try not to shoot under such lighting unless you really really need to. and yup the answer is to use fill flash pointing head on, expose for background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlvinOMG View Post
    May i know what do you mean by "wait till the light in both background a foreground the same" ?

    @Others.
    Thanks guys for your valuable inputs
    looks like using a flash is a must lol
    Sure - wait for lighting conditions to change such that you don't have to face such wide extremes in lighting.

    Pick up any book on the basics of LIGHT (in photography) at the library and the basics of EXPOSURE. These two basic topics are absolutely CRUCIAL in conventional photography as we know it.

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    Default Re: Shooting subjects with harsh background light...

    Quote Originally Posted by AlvinOMG View Post
    As title.
    Was wondering what settings i can use in order to get both subject and background in the correct exposure as bumping up the shutter speed or increasing the f-number will often overexpose the background.

    Is there a way?

    Pardon me if this question is too easy to be answered...
    fill flash

    turn subject the other way so that they will have the light on them instead

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    Default Re: Shooting subjects with harsh background light...

    yeah.... agreed.
    TS, is there any compelling reason why you want your subjects with back to the light source (sun) ?
    Even if you take at 90degrees to the light, it's much better.
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