Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the shots: Open shade images, part of Photo Assignment: Natural Light Portraits.
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Well, we have moved from working out in the bright sunlight to open shade.…We are actually under a tree now.…Working in open shade is great for portrait work.…There are just a few things you have to keep in mind.…The first thing that you might notice, especially on a bright day, is that the…background is very bright, much brighter than the light falling on the model.…The way you compensate for this, or the way that you deal with this, is to change…your camera's light meter mode from evaluative that's measuring everything and…will tend to underexposure your subject…because it's taking into account this bright background. Move it to spot meter.…
Spot meter allows you just to measure part of the frame so you can put that…meter right there on the model's skin and measure her tones.…Now, in this case, I still have my exposure compensation set at about negative one half, negative one…because even though I am metering off her skin, I don't want the camera to…overexpose it, because she has darker skin.…
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