Forum: Help with metering and exposure

Posted by Shauna Carpenter on September 15, 2010 at 4:24am in DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES

Hello fellow snappers! I usually turn to the almighty Google when I have a question and need to better myself, but this one I think is more nuanced and requires some technical advise as well as opinions.

I am at a loss as to how to get the perfect exposure in my photos, particularly when it is the least bit bright out. I try to follow the rules of morning or evening outdoor shoots, but I still have trouble with overexposed and blown out images. Part of this is my own fault as I purposely shoot this way (I like high key stuff – anything else seems too “flat” for me). More light means more “pop”, but I also find the blown out portions distracting. Is there a way for me to have my cake and eat it too? Contrasty images perfectly exposed – any tips?

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