Help with Manual mode and metering light from behind a subject

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Help with Manual mode and metering light from behind a subject
Jun 3, 2014

Hi all,

Can anyone give me some advice please? As the weather gets better in the UK, there is a lot more ambient light around. I have been second shooting to get experience at weddings and know that there will be times where the light is brighter behind the bride and/or groom (i.e. in church/reception/bridal prep) so the camera is likely to underexpose on AP.

Therefore, it's going to be manual mode on the trusty d300s. How do you meter for this light though? Say the bride was getting ready for the wedding behind a large window and so she would be underexposed as there is a lot of light coming in from behind her.

What would be the best way to adjust for this quickly in manual mode? Lower the aperture to restrict the light and increase the shutter speed? Do you use any exposure compensation?

Does anyone have any advice on this or practising?

Many thanks!

Nikon D300S
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