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Old Mar 10, 2012, 8:30 PM   #1
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Was taking some pics at a community service event. Bright sunlight, white shirts, people wearing hats, various complexions, etc. Is there any good way to handle this kind of light and contrast?
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Old Mar 10, 2012, 8:37 PM   #2
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Pretty much there is nothing that can be done in this situation, from this angle, and would say you've struck a good balance.

The only real solution is to get the sun is directly behind the subjects then you will remove a lot of the shadows. Obviously this option will reduce the composition options so might be better to run with harsh shadows to get the desired composition.
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A flash used for "fill-in" light would kill some of the shadows in the faces of the folks wearing hats.
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Old Mar 12, 2012, 9:27 PM   #4
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Flash would have helped, good suggestion. I'm also working on my post-processing skills, looks like I need to upgrade the software :^(
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As noted above...a fill-flash would help...but there is alot of dynamic range there and the camera will only capture so much of it. It could be tweaked in the post processing a little.
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Old Mar 16, 2012, 11:12 PM   #6
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White shirts, hats and midday sun. Ugh.

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Old Mar 19, 2012, 9:32 AM   #7
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After a bit more experimenting I think the best alternative is to shoot in RAW and adjust from there. These pictures were all taken as JPEGs, but next time...
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Old Mar 19, 2012, 6:53 PM   #8
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When ever this happens, dont be afraid to cheat a little bit.
That's what photoshop is for or all about.

Otherwise, you did good. You pushed EV as far as practical without blowing the highlights.
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