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    Default Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    Hi,

    Anyone know how to set our camera when taking pictures involve bright sky and landscape?

    Normally:

    - if the sky is well exposed, the landscape will be slightly underexposed.
    - if the landscape is well exposed, the sky will be over exposed, cant see the cloud anymore.

    In this case, what metering mode to use, and which object to meter?

    Need help.

    I am trying to get the picture with the combination of 2 picture below. (both landscape and sky well exposed)




    Last edited by wallacetham; 2nd May 2010 at 10:45 PM.
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    it is not because of metering mode you use, it is because that is the limitation of sensor, research "camera dynamic range" to learn more.

    there are 2 things that you can try:
    1. compress the dynamic range by HDR
    2. choose another time where the dynamic range of the scene falls within the sensor's limit. i.e. dawn or dusk.

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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    There are a few ways to do it...

    1. Take multiple shots and manually blend it with photoshop.
    2. Take multiple shots and use a HDR program to put them together.
    3. Use a GND filter.
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    I feel using a filter is the most hassle free-approach if you are not accustomed to PP... if not, then got to sacrifice either the ends of the range...
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    GND (graduated neutral density) filter is usually the way to go if you wanna adjust it physically. Take note that there are GNDs that block out different amounts of light, so see which one you need before buying.

    If not, digital adjustments is blending in PS.

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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    oic, i thought i am the only one who facing this problem, and thinking if i am still not familiar with the parameters.

    But using GND has some limitation also, what if you have a picture, the bright sky is at the middle (refer to the image below):



    GND filter will block out the upper part of the tree as well, so in this case only PP can help?
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    Yeah, glad someone bring this out.

    I also got problem especially when the sky is bright. It either one or the other. Hard to have both properly exposed.

    I usually played around with the shutter speed to try to bring out their best.

    But how do you lit up those light in those doors & the statue ?



    I doubt there isn't any DSLR that can be so perfect than our eyes. And so I always get thing done correctly using photoshop.

    I feel that higher exposure do bring out more detail but try not to over doing it.





    Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    i am using a 400d and my results are as good as TS. So i usually do pp.........including TS photo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Franniel View Post
    i am using a 400d and my results are as good as TS. So i usually do pp.........including TS photo.

    hmm your pp photo looks very unnatural leh. The sky color i mean

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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    Because of this reason, I have begun to prefer only to shoot just after dawn or before dusk. In between, only when indoors or outdoors with full light.

    TS, hope you find your solution!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireemblem View Post
    hmm your pp photo looks very unnatural leh. The sky color i mean
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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldkhoo View Post
    There are a few ways to do it...

    1. Take multiple shots and manually blend it with photoshop.
    2. Take multiple shots and use a HDR program to put them together.
    3. Use a GND filter.
    best answer.

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    Could be my monitor. i see two different color tone from a lcd and a crt monitor. Sadly i am using a crt monitor.

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    Many experience this problem too , you're not the only one .
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    timing is important, i have difficulty to take landspcape picture in around 2PM-5PM
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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    Learn to watch the angle and the intensity of the light. Sky needs to be a rich blue to achieve the required result.

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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    Learn to watch the angle and the intensity of the light. Sky needs to be a nice blue too to achieve a nice landscape.

    what is your lens and settings? shutter speed, aperture, etc?
    what time?
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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    Quote Originally Posted by voxies09 View Post
    what is your lens and settings? shutter speed, aperture, etc?
    what time?
    Close to noon and slightly cloudy. Look at the slightly fuzzy shadows and how they don't extend outwards to tell.

    The other questions are irrelevant. There are many ways to get the right exposure. You need to figure out your favorite method.

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    Default Re: Problems of pictures with bright sky...

    Camera: Sony H5

    Lens: Carl Zeiss

    Aperture: F4.5

    Speed: 1/250 sec

    ISO: 125

    Time: 12:55pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    Camera: Sony H5

    Lens: Carl Zeiss

    Aperture: F4.5

    Speed: 1/250 sec

    ISO: 125

    Time: 12:55pm
    I've heard from many people that dawn , dusk , and 12pm is the best time to shoot a scenic shot . So maybe , the rumour has now been confirmed .
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