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Old July 31st 07, 06:45 PM posted to
Paul Mitchum
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Default How should I have shot this picture so it isn't so washed out?



This picture was shot on my Olympus SP-350 using SHQ (Super High Quality)
+ an Automatic setting + Landscape Scene. The shot is just so washed out,
I really feel I need some guidance on how to shoot it. [..]

Time for you to learn the basics of exposure. :-)

Your camera will try to make everything in the image as close to a
mid-tone as possible. In this picture, though, there's too much contrast
between the darks and the lights, so your camera has to guess what to
do. So for whatever reason it's favoring the shadows and letting the
highlights blow out.

The way to take a better picture of that scene is to wait for less
contrasty light to show up, like maybe in the early morning or the
evening. Or else use a flash, or else learn how to change the exposure
compensation setting on your camera. You could try EV -1 or -1.5 or so,
and that would pull the blowouts down into the realm of maintaining
detail, but also drowning out some of the shadows.