B&W is difficult! I was taught to over expose the whites by +2/3 to 1 stop and and underexpose the blacks by 2/3 to 1 stop to get proper exposure when using in camera meter which seems different than what is being said here.
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Sep 30, 2015 10:26 as a reply to gqllc007's post |
I agree expose for the whites as you can recoup the darks in pp better then the reverse pretty cat and nice exposure btw
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Sep 30, 2015 11:31 as a reply to dashotgun's post |
I use a different approach, probably wrong. I switch to evaluative metering then look at histogram and adjust with either EV or manual exposure, and make adjustments to shadow, highlights, black level and clarity in LR. Flash isn't very friendly, but sometimes a reflector (and a tranquilized dog) work well. I just shot a dog Halloween costume contest this weekend, unfortunately can't share.
It's easier to wait for, find, or create light conditions which suit a balanced exposure. Especially when shooting a mix of white and black fur.
Having a cat/dog that sits still long enough to experiment is the way to go ETTR and recover the highlights in post is easiest, with adding in a nice fill flash being the preferred method. I just find it tough to get the fill flash to look right, and not have it look like a pop-up snap snot. Lot of experimenting required!
I find a bit of bounced fill in flash helps to bring out detail
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I didn't read the whole thread so my apologies if my suggestion has already been posted but I always shot my black Poodle Penny in RAW and lighten up the blacks some. Works well for flat and contrasty lighting. Lots of good looking shots of some beautiful dogs and cats.[IMAGE'S LINK: https://photos.smugmug.com ..._9560_Web-XL.jpg&lb=1&s=A] on Smugmug [IMAGE'S LINK: https://photos.smugmug.com ..._9661_Web-XL.jpg&lb=1&s=A] on Smugmug [IMAGE'S LINK: https://photos.smugmug.com .../_DSC2336-X3.jpg&lb=1&s=A] on Smugmug
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Mar 12, 2017 05:05 as a reply to BIGANDT's post |
That's stunning photo, lovely lighting and dof.
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