Tip of the Day – Careful exposure

Tip of the Day – Careful exposure

Image 3 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

This fantastic jetty leads eastwards out into the bay, so late in the afternoon it receives the last bit of sunshine of the day. For this shot, I waited until the sun was down just enough to cast most of the jetty into shade, while still illuminating the end of the jetty. I had Billy’s mum ask him to sit and stay right in the middle of the jetty and concentrated on making the shot very symmetrical.

Because Billy is very dark and was situated in the shade, and the end of the jetty was very bright, I had to expose very carefully, because I knew this shot would need lots of work in Lightroom and Photoshop to help bring detail back into the dark areas and keep the highlights under control. I also tried to keep the ISO as low as I could, because you edit a high ISO image heavily, the quality of the image degrades much more easily.

Always keep in mind how you are going to edit the photo, especially when shooting with tricky lighting like this.

Check out the before and after below!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 61mm, ISO 320, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8

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