In sight

NPhoto - - Apprentice -

A high-con­trast scene like this – with a dark sky, bright fore­ground and a white sub­ject – can be a chal­lenge to ex­pose cor­rectly. A so­lu­tion is to take a spot read­ing off some­thing that’s an av­er­age mid-tone. This in­volves set­ting Spot me­ter­ing, point­ing your cam­era at some­thing that’s an av­er­age mid-tone, and then ad­just­ing the shut­ter speed un­til the ex­po­sure level in­di­ca­tor lines up with the ‘0’ on the ex­po­sure scale at your cho­sen aper­ture and ISO. It’s not al­ways ob­vi­ous what an av­er­age mid-tone looks like, but a clear blue sky at mid­day or sun­lit grass come pretty close.

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