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Exposure problems

JASPERIMAGE 12 55 1 Scotland
25 May 2006 11:57AM
Hi there, looking for some, probably basic, assistance with regard to Exposure and Metering.
I am using a a Canon 350D, Sigma 10-20 and Polarising Filter.
When using Aperture Mode if I meter on the darker foreground the sky is burned out, if I meter on the sky the foreground is dark.In both instances the view pre shot with the filter shows lovely detail to the clouds and sky.
I am new to this game so would appreciate any assistance on this matter.


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patters 13 1.8k 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 12:02PM
I set manual with a filter and practice, generaly, i get a setting that says expose x higher or lower. I'd experiment.
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 12:08PM
I would try here

Chris_H 14 1.5k 1
25 May 2006 12:42PM
You will need to use a grad if you want to bring down the exposure so that you can record detail in both the sky and land.

Set the camera in manual mode meter off a mid tone for the land, now measure the difference in stops between the land and sky.
Set the exposure for the land and use an ND grad filter to balance out the difference for sky.

You could work in AV mode and use the filter but the problem is your camera then averages out the whole exposure so you dont get the best out of using the grad.

c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 May 2006 12:51PM
Err you don't necessarily need to use a grad (the weren't de rigeur last time I checked), you can get acceptable exposure in all parts of the frame by taking the average of the two... no I'm off before someone shouts 'burn the heretic'
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
25 May 2006 1:20PM
Seize him. Throw him to the sheep.
Snapper Plus
13 4.3k 3 United States Outlying Islands
25 May 2006 1:27PM
That's a bit harsh! Send him to Llandyfriog instead, they've had some exposure problems there that need sorted out!
Chris_H 14 1.5k 1
25 May 2006 1:37PM

Quote:"She walked back and fore completely naked - I went to get my video camera to record the incident.

c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 May 2006 1:39PM
I am on a mission from God... Lo Ceri, he said unto me, go forth into the readers' gallery and seek ye those who useth the ND grad, and yea even unto those who useth one when shooting when side lit into a clear blue northern sky... let three numbers denote the filter of the beast for they are human numbers they are 2, 4 and 8
jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 2:08PM
And Lo! The Lord smiteth these devil's implements from the hands of the worshippers of the false exposure causing them to fall upon the ground. A terrible wailing and gnashing of teeth was heard from the Cokin users as their ND grads were scratched beyond repair whilst those who had splashed out on Hi-tech and Lee did calmly bring forth their micro-fibre cloths and did smugly wipe the dust away.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
25 May 2006 2:16PM
Why do I expect to hear the voice of Rod Serling at any moment?
jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 2:19PM
The twilight zone uses only tobacco grads.
spaceman 14 5.3k 3 Wales
25 May 2006 2:21PM
No, you're thinking of Hell.
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 May 2006 2:22PM
Isn't twilight just another way of saying 'golden hour'?
jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2006 2:25PM
Not according to Gregory Crewdson...

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