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Exposing for contrasty landscapes

One of the tips I stress is the importance of looking at the histogram on the LCD display when shooting.  This is especially true when you are shooting in a contrasty lighting situation like the one above.  There are dark values in the clouds and mountains, and brilliant highlights in the snow-capped mountains.

Using the program settings like shutter priority or aperture priority, the camera tends to underexpose because it sees so many bright values in the sky, which is taking up two-thirds of the image.  

What to do? I used the exposure compensation function, and opened up the exposure 2/3 of a stop.  Now both the dark areas and the highlights have detail in them.  Here's the histogram once that adjustment was made.


Reader Comments (1)

That's a good tip.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean

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