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Nature's Image Photography Workshops and Tours

SUBJECT IN THE SUN, BACKGROUND IN THE SHADE

July 2018

You need to be aware that cameras don’t “think” the way we do. A camera doesn’t know this is a bird, or even that it is the main subject of the photo. When it comes to measuring exposure, the camera just looks at all the light and shadow in the view and makes its best guess. In a situation like this, the camera can be fooled by the amount of dark shadow in the shot. It may want to let more light in to avoid underexposing the shadows...and end up overexposing the bird.

This is why it is essential to have control of your exposure. With the camera in charge, if it wants to give you an overexposed bird, that’s exactly what you will get. Here you need to take a photos that is darker than what the camera wants. My approach – and in my opinion the best approach – is to shoot in Manual mode. Work out what the camera thinks is the correct exposure using the light-meter, and then set the shutter speed a couple of stops faster. Your background may become very dark as a result, but that’s OK, it only serves to throw a virtual spotlight on the subject.

TOURS

LAKE EYRE / FLINDERS RANGES TOUR 2019

September 1, 2019 - September 9, 2019
7 days / 8 nights photography tour with Andrew Goodall and Sacred Earth Safaris

TED’S CAMERAS NORFOLK ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2019 (Brisbane Departures)

November 16, 2019 - November 23, 2019
8 days / 7 nights Ted's Cameras Photography Festival with Andrew Goodall, Rich Johnston

TED’S CAMERAS NORFOLK ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2019 (Sydney Departures)

November 15, 2019 - November 22, 2019
8 days / 7 nights Ted's Cameras Photography Festival with Andrew Goodall, Rich Johnston

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