Flowers and a Twelfth Article on Exposure (Two Photographs)
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The exposure of these flowers shots is more a function of processing than what happened in camera. Essentially I have kept the flowers bright and darkened the shadows.
A correct exposure defined: 1) “well exposed neither too light or too dark”. 2) “As the photographer, it’s up to you to decide if you want the image to be bright or dark.” These are published quotes from Professionals. Neither is particularly useful if you are looking for a perfect answer. Let me go out on a limb and describe what I do and how I handle this problem. A. I am most concerned about the subject, so with anything, other than a landscape, I am going to ensure the most light with zero blinkies hits that subject. B. If I’m doing wildlife then I am probably not going to have the time for many fixes, but my second take will reflect any problems in the background especially to see if I can balance the background exposure with the subject using exposure compensation. C. In less complicated situations like landscapes I use one of two methods, depending on time and other factors. In the first I use the wide area metering mode and focus the meter on a place where there is a transition in light from dark to bright. This has worked more often than not. Secondly I can use the exposing to the right procedures to get the most details. One additional note. Light meters differ between cameras, in my view the Fuji XT-2 is far better at metering than my Nikon D500– so you really need to test everything and have a routine with your settings to ensure you get the best possible result in camera.