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Old May 4, 2011, 2:02 PM   #1
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Hi. You've all been so helpful in helping me improve my photos. I took a couple of photos of us at Yosemite. The faces came out okay but a bit dark, and the background was blown out. Wondering how to avoid this. I used a forced flash to avoid our faces in shadow and that helped but the exposure is still all wrong. They don't look too terrible on the computer but were completely blown out when they were printed. Any ideas?

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Old May 4, 2011, 4:54 PM   #2
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A different metering mode will fix the problem, which metering mode are you using ? where did you focus, on the center?
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I'm not sure metering will help in this case - other than getting a stronger/more sophisticated flash, I think this is as good as you'll get from most cameras. You could lighten the shadows with PP which will help.

They look OK on screen to me as well so if they're getting blown when you print then I'd look at your printing as the problem, not the camera.
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Old May 4, 2011, 5:16 PM   #4
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I think I was using evaluative metering. I gave the camera to someone else to take our picture so I'm not sure where they pointed but I assume most people would point at the center and looking at both shots there is shadow in the center so that's what the camera would primarily meter, correct?
I was wondering if the printing was the problem. It looks overexposed but not dreadful in these shots, but when the photo shop printed them them were so light in the background it was awful. Maybe a processing problem then? I wouldn't have minded them so much if the prints looked like they did here.
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Wonderful scenery LEK.

This type of shot is difficult, background brighter then the subject you want to capture (your faces). One way around it might be to zoom in closer to the upper body.

As Martin said, a powerful flash / slave flash would brighten up the foreground, but it's an extra piece to lug around and sort of defeats the use of the "point / shot and fiddle with" camera we bought.
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