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Mindy Shores

member since: 3/13/2007
 

Washed-Out Sky


I just did a wedding this past weekend. Some of the pics were outside in a park with a clear sky and at @ 6:30 pm, so the sun was coming down, although there was enough light to not use a flash. My subjects looked fine in the pic but the sky was totally washed out white, without a flash. I then went ahead and put my polarizer on, which darkened the sky but then forced me to use my flash and those pics turned out fine. Anyone give me a clue as to why the sky was all washed out?
Thanks,
Mindy

10/15/2007 4:10:48 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/18/2000
  Simply because the sky was much brighter than your foreground subjects. Fill flash, with or without the polarizer, is one solution. Another is a split or graduated neutral density filter that reduces the exposure of the sky to better match that of the foreground.

10/15/2007 6:11:55 AM

 
Ken Henry

member since: 9/16/2003
 
 
 
1. Set your exposure for the sky first using manual exposure controls. Viewing your LCD monitor you would manualy adjust the exposure to how the sky looks good to you. At this point your subject should look very dark and the sky a nice rich blue.
2. Add manual or TTL fill flash to subject. I use manual flash.
3. Here are three photos showing this example. I used a 6mpxl P&S handheld.
I was practising how to do this.
$. Wouldn't you feel it makes cents to pratice your photography$

10/16/2007 10:05:17 PM

 
Ken Henry

member since: 9/16/2003
 
 
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My photos didn't show up. I'll try again.

10/16/2007 10:09:20 PM

 

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