Help with backlit subjects

Started Dec 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
Peiasdf
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Re: Help with backlit subjects
In reply to designdog, Dec 5, 2012

designdog wrote:

The fountain was a bad example, because of course it would be at night.

More better would be a recent trip to a neighborhood lake community. My wife, our border collie and golden retriever are sitting on a bench at the edge of a covered pagoda. It is a prefectly sunny day, blue skies, no clouds, and all of that is in the background, with the three subjects in shadow.

So I am thinking to use the spot meter on her, but then the background would be blown out. And so the converse. Using the average meter does not work so well, nor does the evaluative.

Instinct tells me to spot meter the bright background, then adjust the exposure until I can make out some details of the subjects. "Exposing to the right" I guess...

Subject in shade while background is sunlit. You need fill light.

I think this video should help

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyyrr62tWh4   Adorama video 108 and 212 have similar lesson
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