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    Hi,

    Would like to ask why my object look so dark in my photo? I am using the camera's AutoFunction.. background is the ocean, object is a person, time taken is around 4-5 pm when the sky is relatively bright still

    Cheers!

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    Do you have enough light to illuminate your subject? I suggest reading up a bit on metering and fill flash. Remember, your eyes have a much higher dynamic range than a camera.
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    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309544

    Metering and exposure compensation. I believe you are aware that when subject is back-lit (light source coming from the back of the subject), you have to fill in with a flash or your subject will turn silhouette.

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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    In this case, your focus point need to be lock on the person and adjust the metering to centre weighted or you can adjust your exposure setting to +1/2.

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    Thank you all for the prompt replies!
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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    let me guess u got the sun behind u and u use the default metering, try changing to spot metering and lock the exposure on ur subject or use a fill flash
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    Quote Originally Posted by wirenews View Post
    Hi,

    Would like to ask why my object look so dark in my photo? I am using the camera's AutoFunction.. background is the ocean, object is a person, time taken is around 4-5 pm when the sky is relatively bright still

    Cheers!
    Just on your flash for your subject.

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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    i'm thinking the same thing, sun to the back of the subject.
    you'll need a fill flash ... that's what i think.

    cheers!
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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    Quote Originally Posted by wirenews View Post
    Would like to ask why my object look so dark in my photo? I am using the camera's AutoFunction.. background is the ocean, object is a person, time taken is around 4-5 pm when the sky is relatively bright still
    Understanding Metering
    The small dark person in a big bright frame - the Auto function in your camera will adjust to the big bright portion and treat the small dark person as 'less important'. Cameras cannot read your mind - Either you tell the camera what is important (spot metering) or you add light to balance between dark person and bright background. A third option could just to change the composition: have the sun somewhere else but not in the frame (e.g somewhere left / right to introduce some shadows).
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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    try using landscape instead of the auto function.. if you are still seeing at rather dark compare to the ocean.. fill-flash..

    and check your focus point..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian1987 View Post
    try using landscape instead of the auto function.. if you are still seeing at rather dark compare to the ocean.. fill-flash..

    and check your focus point..
    What do you mean by use landscape instead of auto function? I don't really understand.

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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    I think the problem is because of the metering mode. You are probably on Matrix or Evaluative metering mode. This means the camera will look at the entire scene and expose to what it thinks is the correct exposure. The background is bright. So the camera will think it is exposing to the background. This means your subject will be underexposed.

    2 ways to get around this:

    1. use spot metering and meter on your subject. But background will be overexposed.

    2. use flash to fill in on your subject, so background will be exposed correctly, and subject will be lighted nicely also. Cons is that sometimes flash can make the picture a little unnatural especially if shot straight on. But there are also other ways to get around this.

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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    I am using my pop up flash, and the IQ is quite acceptable. However, I am thinking to get 580EX II for high sync speed flash.. will the IQ taken from 580 EX II will be much better than pop up flash?
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    Default Re: Object looks very dark in photo?

    Quote Originally Posted by spree86 View Post
    What do you mean by use landscape instead of auto function? I don't really understand.
    sorry.. i'm using an A290 that has landscape function.. besides our P,A,S,M. I just realised that not all dslr have this.
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