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Old Dec 18, 2002, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Washed out sky with Canon S40

I'm having trouble with outdoor scenes using the automatic setting on my Canon S40. The sky seems to always be washed out and I get no cloud definition. Does anyone have suggestions?

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Old Dec 20, 2002, 6:00 AM   #2
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Default Washed out sky with Canon S40

I don't own an S40 but I'm sure the same thing is happening on my A40. It's an exposure problem an happens in Auto mode. The sky is 'burnt out' as the camera is taking the reading from the dark part of the landscape, then boosting the exposure and burning out the light parts. If you can switch to a manual mode (I don't know your make of camera) and take a reading from the part of the picture you want to come out properly and lock the exposure on that setting.

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Old Dec 20, 2002, 9:46 AM   #3
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Hi. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll try this and see what happens.
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Old Dec 20, 2002, 6:10 PM   #4
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He could go to program mode and use exposure compensation.
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Old Dec 7, 2003, 12:13 AM   #5
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You have a point and shoot plus cameras in general don't have as good of a dynamic range as the human eye. This is going to happen a lot. You can always take more than one exposure and combine the 2 in photoshop, but this only works real well if you used a tripod to match up the shots almost perfectly. DSLRs have a better dynamic range but I don't know how much more. If you shoot directly away from the sun the sky is more likely to turn out ok. This has happened to me with film too.
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