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How to Avoid VignettingBy Kerry Drager
Although vignetting (dark corners on your picture) sometimes can be used for creative advantage, it's most often a technical glitch that can mar an otherwise fine photo and can cause some extra post-production work. With an SLR, you should be able to see vignetting in the viewfinder - just point the camera at the sky and take a look. In any case, vignetting usually occurs from any one, or any combination, of the following:
- Beware of stacking filters (using more than one filter at a time), especially with the addition of a lens shade.
- Watch out when using a polarizing filter with an extreme wide-angle lens. Although modern polarizers are thinner than the old-style models, they are still thicker than other filters. When in doubt, check the manufacturer’s filter and lens hood specifications for your particular lens.
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1: How to Photograph a Black Dog
I have been asked to take pictures of a black poodle with black eyes! Does anyone have any suggestions as to what settings I should use and/or if I should use a flash? The pictures will be shot out-of-doors in late afternoon sunlight.
- Terry Jennings
If you're metering off the dog, I'd suggest exposing 1 stop below what your camera recommends to prevent him from coming out grey. If you need to use flash (shouldn't unless you are facing the sun, you can use a flash diffusor.) But of course with digital...you can experiment!
- Josh Voyles
When confronted with high-contrast scenarios such as this, try to position yourself with the sun behind you and meter something neutral in the same light that's falling on Fido.
- Bob Cammarata
Metering green grass works well to get a good shutter speed/aperture combination but it's always wise to bracket exposures, even with digital equipment. Just be sure your neutral element falls in the same light.
(If the sun is really bright, pray for a passing cloud.)
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