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How to set exposure for tricky lighting?
by Alec Green - Sunday, 29 June 2014, 12:32 PM

Hi There, Sorry to ask another question so soon after the last one but one issue that I've been having a lot recently is getting the exposure wrong, particularly in difficult lighting situations where say there is dark subject against a bright sky and I end up with portions of the photograph under or over exposed and sometimes both at the same time.

I've posted an example pic below, I was trying to take some shots for the 2nd assignment with an interesting view point but am struggling with the bright sky. I tried to use the tree as shade but as you can see there are numerous parts of the picture that are totally blown out. What am I doing wrong?


Thanks in advance




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Re: How to set exposure for tricky lighting?
by David Eales - Monday, 30 June 2014, 11:18 AM

Hi Alec,

This again is purely a metering problem, as with your previous post regarding the snow photos. Try changing your metering settings to partial or spot metering and you will see big changes. Also you could use fill in flash which you did so successfully on your submission for the photo assignment you mention. Either of these two options will help you achieve the perfect exposure.



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Re: How to set exposure for tricky lighting?
by Alec Green - Monday, 30 June 2014, 12:57 PM

Brilliant I'm going to have a play with the metering settings and see what happens. I did go with fill flash in the end with project 2 to brighten up the foreground but for many situations i won't be able to do that so I'm keen to get a grip on exposure control.


Thanks again


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Re: How to set exposure for tricky lighting?
by Melissa James - Monday, 7 July 2014, 8:57 PM

Alec, thank you for asking your question. I've often had the same difficulty and it's nice to know I'm not the only one! :)

David, thank you for your detailed reply. I'll keep practicing! 


All the best,