View Full Version : [help] Shooting with a bright background

12-06-2005, 11:49 PM
How to shoot birds with a bright sky in background and still get the bird in focus. I am an newbie having Canon S2 IS with 12X optical zoom.


12-07-2005, 02:17 AM
do you really mean to say "in-focus," or do mean to say you want to avoid blowing out the background or end up with a properly exposed sky without having the bird completely in shadows? the camera should be able to focus correctly on the bird regardless of the brightness of the background, unless the bird is in such dark lighting that the camera cannot focus. for the other problems, you usually need to expose for the sky and use fill flash on the bird, though the built in flash may not afford you enough reach. you can also try to expose as far to the right of the histogram as possible without blowing the highlights to get as much shadow detail in the shot as possible, then in post processing bring the exposure towards the middle of the histogram using contrast adjustment or curves.