Those Bright Summer Pool Days...
I wonder if anyone could offer any suggestions on exposure around the pool on those days where the sun is all over the place and reflecting off every surface within a mile of the D100. I have not tried fill flash but did experiment with a polarizer but the pictures are still a chore to post process and just don't look right. How best to take those pictures for proper exposure? Any feedback would he greatly appreciated.
#1. "RE: Those Bright Summer Pool Days..." | In response to Reply # 0gtm Nikonian since 17th Feb 2002Mon 16-Jun-03 11:33 AM
Do you shoot mostly in JPEG or NEF (RAW)? Post processing with Capture 3.5 (shooting in RAW) allows you to adjust your exposure levels as well as other nice corrections such as WB and all at the 16 bit level. Since you are shooting digital, expertiment with the EV settings and bracket some images. No film to burn here. For bright shots such as a beach, I overexpose up to +1.5 stops just as if I was shooting a snow shot. A polarizer performs well with glare from water, but reflections off metal is tough. Midday sun will produce harsh shadows and a fill flash will help. Early morning or late evening shoots will help with the available lighting issue if you have that opportunity.
The Arkansas Nikonian
#2. "RE: Those Bright Summer Pool Days..." | In response to Reply # 1Jonathan Registered since 10th Feb 2003Tue 17-Jun-03 03:01 PM
>For bright shots such as a
>beach, I overexpose up to +1.5 stops just as if I was
>shooting a snow shot.
You can increase the exposure by up to two stops in postproduction without appreciable loss of S/N, but you can't undo blown-out highlights, so I would be careful about this. I like to check test-shots in the LCD in highlight mode to be sure I'm not blowing out noses, cheeks, or hair on people in the shot. I don't chimp every shot, but it's useful to run some tests at the beginning to get a feel for how the light is. At least at my level of inexperience, this is helpful.
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