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10 camera techniques to master in 2014: ways to cope with high-contrast lighting from Digital Camera World


10 camera techniques to master in 2014: ways to cope with high-contrast lighting
by: Digital Camera World



Using your DSLR’s Exposure Compensation to adjust the overall exposure is fine for many subjects, but there are also times when the brightness range of the subject is too large for your camera to capture detail in both the shadows and highlights.

This range is known as the camera’s dynamic range, and while it does vary between different models, it’s pretty common to find scenes where the contrast is greater than even the best cameras can cope with.

SEE MORE: Dynamic range – what you need to know about capturing all the tones in a scene

With practice, you’ll often be able to recognize these conditions before you start shooting, but the easiest way to spot the situation is by reviewing your shot and checking the histogram and highlight warnings.

Start by taking a shot and checking that the shadows reach the left of the graph. You can now activate the highlight warning display.

If the display blinks to indicate that there are highlights without any detail, then your camera can’t record the whole brightness range.

When you are faced with this situation, there are a number of ways to deal with the problem.

Read the full blog post here: http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/02/10/10-camera-techniques-to-master-in-2014-how-to-cope-with-high-contrast-lighting/
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