7 Nail your ex­po­sure

Heed these hints and tips to re­ally get the most from tricky light­ing sit­u­a­tions

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It would seem as if ev­ery­thing is on your side in sum­mer: fair weather, clear skies and long days. How­ever, as soon as the sun does rise, it rises high and fast in the sky. The morn­ing shad­ows quickly re­treat, and this di­min­ishes any sense of depth in the land­scape. At the same time, con­trast can be a big chal­lenge for ac­cu­rate ex­po­sure. There’s noth­ing in­her­ently wrong with pho­tograph­ing in high-con­trast con­di­tions, but they can be very hard to meter for. In Ma­trix me­ter­ing mode your Nikon’s meter will mea­sure the light in­ten­sity across the whole of the im­age frame, then come up with an aver­age value. In bright, con­trasty con­di­tions, this of­ten ren­ders your ac­tual sub­ject too bright or dark. If you switch to Spot me­ter­ing mode, bear in mind that you’ll need to be able to judge tones ac­cu­rately to get the most from them. Fol­low the three step tu­to­rial, be­low, to take back con­trol of the way you ex­pose such scenes.

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