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Old Aug 23, 2006, 11:26 AM   #11
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tmoreau wrote:
The best (only) way around this is to compose a scene with lower contrast. Or lower the contrast yourself with flash (or graduated ND filters), but you'd only be able to light up the people not the background.

You could use any metering mode, keep the sky totally out of the frame, hold AEL button, then re-compose. This will give a good exposure of the dark half but will cause the sky to totally blow out.

Or going the other way, set your exposure so the sky (or tops of the trees) is 2 stops bright and let the bottom of the scene fall where it may, then pull it up in photoshop. There is always more shadow detail, highlights are lost foever. However, you lose a ton of data by doing that. HALF of your tonal range is in the brightest stop of the raw file, so if your brightest highligts are 1-stop down from overexposure your only using half of what your raw file is capable of. In other words, the best thing to do is expose it properly in camera.
One could simply pray for an incoming cloud to equalize things a bit or barring any time constraints, just wait for sun to shift.


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Old Aug 24, 2006, 5:15 PM   #12
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The best way, IMHO is to use wireless flash in this situation. Not good for landscapes :blah:
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Old Aug 24, 2006, 6:32 PM   #13
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JimC wrote:
Fill Flash if you can get close enough. ;-)
It's amazing how much power the onboard flash has outdoors. It might have made a difference in the picture he posted.
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Old Aug 25, 2006, 12:40 PM   #14
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Thanks everybody.

After doing a little research on this topic it seems that todays digital camerassuffer from having a limited dynmaic range of capturing light/dark tones of light. This artical gives a good explaination of that (although it was more that I could follow).


It seems that for now we will have to balance the high dynamic range of light in photoshop.

BUT; as the artical explains, it does seem that the manufactures are working on new sensors that that will capture a greater range of light, but at the cost of higher resolution.

Lets just hope those new cameras are Minolta/Sony mount.

Back to the original picture. I am not very good with and really don't like using photoshop, but in 30 minutes this is what I was able to do.
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