A couple of weeks ago the three of us were out back, laying on a blanket. It was a beautiful day, about 5pm, the sun was still out and there was a beautiful blue sky. My husband was playing airplane with M and I wanted to get a picture of her with the sky behind her. I could not get my settings right to get a good shot. She kept coming out dark no matter what I did.
Any photographers out there have suggestions on how to set up this shot so the baby isn't a partial shadow? I don't care if the sky is overexposed, it's the baby I want the light on.
ETA: I use a Canon T1i.
kiwi / 629 posts
What kind of camera are you using?
If you have a camera that will do spot metering (instead of evaluative metering) for light, have it centered on the subject.
Alternatively you can just up the exposure a few stops (open up the aperture). Your camera will say the photo is overexposed, and the sky will look washed out, but everything else will be lighter too.
coconut / 8472 posts
I'm not a photo expert, but if she's in shadow when it's daylight, I think you might want to try using a fill in flash. You could also try changing the auto white balance and see if that helps.
I have a slightly higher end point and shoot with manual settings, and all I ever do is shoot in aperture priority (to get the blurred background) and change the auto white balance.
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
You can adjust the metering if you are in soem of the manual modes. It will blow out the back ground obviously.
pomegranate / 3890 posts
either use spot metering or adjust the metering to overexpose (this will blow out the sky) but will brighten your daughter. u could also use the flash. i would probably just overexpose.
grapefruit / 4703 posts
Agree with PP - use spot metering or force it to overexpose. If you're not comfortable shooting in manual, meter it on auto and look at what the shutter/f stop/iso are that the camera would use, then change it to manual and copy the settings. Then you can adjust just one of those (f stop, for example) a little to overexpose the picture. Don't use flash!
pomegranate / 3809 posts
@Shutterbug: hmm, the first thing that came to mind was flash, why wouldn't you want to use the flash?
grapefruit / 4703 posts
@PurplePumps: I just hate how pictures (especially outdoors) look with flash, especially if you have other ways to let in more light. That's just my personal preference though, I think