Difficult lighting

One morning as I was delivering product at this station, the sun rose over the horizon and lit the scene very nicely. I pulled out the camera and set my TTL reading. With the sun in the background and the subject back lit by it, the TTL was fooled and the foreground was left dark.

So how do you overcome this problem? I opened the pop up flash and shot RAW. I knew that the flash will overexpose some areas but with the TTL using the sun as the exposure setting, the flash was compensated for. I got low using the ground as my support and shot a test picture.

It worked better than I expected, so I composed my shot better and shot this picture. Ideally using a light meter would have been optimal but I didn’t have one with me and I learned more by doing the shot this way.

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About Mark Birks
Professional photographer specializing in fine art photography and portraiture.

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