Shooting into the light

Next morning was bright and sunny and during an early morning walk round my garden with my camera I was reminded of an article I had just read in my Digital Camera magazine on shooting into the light, which followed on nicely from the exercise I had just done on measuring exposure.  I didn’t take time to set these pictures up properly, the main thing I was interested in was the impact the lighting would have on the expose and the sun was already starting to rise in the sky.  For the first set of pictures with the leaves, I had thought that by shooting into the sun, the camera would be confused into thinking the scene was brighter than it was, compensate accordingly and the images would come out under-exposed.  In fact it was slightly the opposite and to get the best replication of the colours of the leaves, I had to compensate by .67 stop although the image with no exposure compensation is quite acceptable.

Exposure compensated between -1.33 and +1.33 stops

In the second set, even though I adjusted the exposure compensation from +2 stops to -.67, all are still severely over-exposed and I needed to under-expose by a lot more in order to get an acceptable picture.

Exposure compensated between +2 and -.67 stops

There are lots of other issues with these pictures such as the lens flare but we are advised not to through anything away, so I didn’t but took another set anyway.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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