Digital Metering Options for Bright Days

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Edw. Peach, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Edw. Peach

    Edw. Peach Guest

    I do a lot of street shooting, where I have to point and shoot fast.
    So, unless I'm doing artsie stuff, I leave my digital camera, Fuji
    S5000, on AUTO mode.

    I notice on bright days that the shadow areas really blacken deeply.
    I can recover some of the image and color with my photo editing, but I
    was wondering if there might be a more effective way to meter these
    bright street scenes. I have these options:

    matrix, center weighted, spot

    Yesterday I shot some metal (rusted and dark) statue art against trees
    and houses, and it totally blackened and lost detail, though the main
    exposure was 'decent.'

    I can't shoot in AUTO to use the meters, but I'd be willing to give it
    up for a more balanced shot.
    Edw. Peach, Apr 24, 2004
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  2. Edw. Peach

    nt Guest

    Sometimes if the contrast ratio is too high (like what you described, a dark
    object in shadow in front of full-sun background) there is nothing you can
    do about it, you can expose for the statue (like with a spotmeter) but this
    will blow out the background. Next time try exposure compensation of +1 stop
    or more (not when your camera is in spot meter mode) to retrieve some
    detail from the shadow areas, this will overexpose the background but
    photography is all about balance. The other alternative is to use a
    reflector board and pump some sunlight into the statue, this will
    effectively lower your contrast ratio.
    nt, Apr 26, 2004
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  3. Some fill-in flash can also help in this sort of situation.

    Dennis Bradley, Apr 26, 2004
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