Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tip of the Week

Backlight or Frontlight Photo - Have you ever tried to take a picture of someone who was standing in front of a bright window or other brightly lit area only to find the subject comes out too dark in the final picture. The light coming from the rear fooled the camera which adjusted the exposure down automatically, and incorrectly, for the bright background. Likewise a brightly lit subject standing in front of a dark background (as often happens with a spot-lit performer on stage) can trick the AE system (Auto Expose System) and come back too bright, again by auto-exposing for the dark background. Difficult or tricky lighting can fool even the most sophisticated autoexposure systems. Some automatically adjust, while many others offer override buttons. With a little familiarization, pushing the proper override button should become second nature.

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