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Tips for avoiding over-exposed skies & lens

 
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Apr 09, 2011 15:15 |  #1

Not sure where to put this, but as the title suggests, does anyone have any tips for avoiding skies that are over exposed and are pure white as a result? Like sometimes when I take a picture of a landscape the sky is often way over exposed but the rest of the picture if normal.

If you can help me with settings that I'd need to use on the camera (I'll be using a Canon 7D), I'd appreciate it.

Also, what would be a good landscape lens?




  
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Apr 09, 2011 15:24 |  #2

Graduated neutral density filters, or HDR. Read up on both uses. That's what your looking for.

The best crop landscape lens, IMO is the Tokina 11-16. Great, great lens.


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Apr 09, 2011 15:28 |  #3

Lady Tori wrote in post #12190293 (external link)
Not sure where to put this, but as the title suggests, does anyone have any tips for avoiding skies that are over exposed and are pure white as a result? Like sometimes when I take a picture of a landscape the sky is often way over exposed but the rest of the picture if normal.

yes, shoot in RAW and meter for the sky. The landscape will be underexposed but you can go back and increase the exposure and "lighten" the landscape with photoshop or a similar image editing program




  
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Apr 09, 2011 15:30 |  #4

watt100 wrote in post #12190343 (external link)
yes, shoot in RAW and meter for the sky. The landscape will be underexposed but you can go back and increase the exposure and "lighten" the landscape with photoshop or a similar image editing program

Hey, could you elaborate on "meter for the sky"?

And thanks, Plastic.




  
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Apr 09, 2011 15:32 |  #5

Lady Tori wrote in post #12190350 (external link)
Hey, could you elaborate on "meter for the sky"?

And thanks, Plastic.

Point your camera at the sky. Set your exposure. Recompose. Shoot.


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Apr 09, 2011 15:36 |  #6

I'm currently reading Bryan Peterson's book and that seems to be a very common procedure for him.


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Apr 09, 2011 15:37 |  #7

Lady Tori wrote in post #12190350 (external link)
Hey, could you elaborate on "meter for the sky"?

And thanks, Plastic.

simply point your camera at the sky (using center weighted average exposure metering) and use that setting (aperture, shutter speed) for the pic. Then with the RAW file increase the exposure in the foreground.


I believe I did that with this pic as an example,
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Apr 09, 2011 15:44 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #8

Wow it's that easy?! Sounds like no problem at all. Thanks for your help guys. :o




  
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Apr 09, 2011 15:51 as a reply to  @ Lady Tori's post |  #9

Your camera can not capture a dynamic range as wide as the difference between a bright sky and the foreground. That leaves your with three options (all which takes some extra effort, the camera cannot get it right straight away):

1. Expose for the sky, the foreground will be underexposed and you will have to bring that back up in post processing (e.g. photoshop)

2. Use a graduated ND filter (or similar) in front of your lens, reducing the brightness of the sky before the light hits the sensor

3. Take multiple exposures (i.e. expose for foreground, expose for the sky, and expose somewhere in between). You can them add them back together to an HDR image in photoshop or similar




  
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