Polarized wrote in post #14130503
How would you expose for a sunny day on the beach?
Well, "how" you would expose depends on what exposure mode you want to use!
In general, realize that a bright sunny day at the beach will "fool" your camera meter -- the meter wants to center the "needle", meaning that it will expose to make the "scene" "medium" in tone, whereas the sand, the bright blue sky, and likely the water are in fact brighter than "medium". As a result, the camera will tend to underexpose your shots. The way to respond to this is to increase your exposure a bit, maybe as much as a stop, but avoiding clipping needed highlights.
Now at the beach this highlights issue can be a real concern because of the whitewater created by the breaking waves. In my experience, much detail in the waves can be retained, but some will just be so dang bright, you may need to just accept some clipping. If you are serious about getting the best results, you will need to include Raw shooting in your bag of tricks, but that can be a complicated area to discuss...
If it was me, I'd shoot in the Manual Exposure mode but most people who are less experienced with Manual will tend to shoot in Av or Tv, nothing wrong with that, just be ready to use Exposure Compensation, using either Live View or an image Review to "chimp" your initial shots and anytime you change your "view" to take in different lighting.
pbelarge wrote in post #14130510
I know this may sound silly...I was on vacation in the Carribean. I used my s95. Believe it or not, I put my sunglasses in front of the lens, and I could not believe how well that worked.
Heh! That's interesting, Pierre, working like a Neutral Density filter to slow down the shutter speed, eh?