I’ve been trying to learn how to get a great picture of my subject while also showing the pretty colors of a sunset/sunrise/golden clouds/whatever pretty lighting background. I don’t want to have to fix it in photoshop. I want to get a pretty picture with my camera. I don’t own a nice flash, and I don’t like the way that the flash that is built into most cameras (including mine) seems to make a person look washed out/shiny/generally unattractive and takes away the beautiful light. But if I have the settings set to good lighting for the subject, it seems to blow out the light in the background.
Here’s an example (though I didn’t use flash in any of these). When Tom and I went to Molena, I was trying to get a picture of him but also wanted the sky to show in all it’s blue glory.
First, I had a picture of Tom that showed his face. The sky was washed out.
Then I changed the settings to show the sky better. But, as you can see, Tom isn’t well lit.
Next, I tried to go middle of the road. But I didn’t like it because he was still in the dark while the sky was still not rich in color.
I tried again to get the sky in colors I liked, but I still couldn’t figure out lighting the subject.
And finally, with Tom over the whole “stand there and smile so I can figure this out” thing I was doing, I got one more blown out photo. Then I gave up and ran down the road to see if these folks wanted to give me their farm.
I could definitely use some advice. I ran into this problem again at a wedding Saturday night. There was a gorgeous sunset, but I couldn’t get a picture with a well lit subject AND the sunset in it. I tried doing aperture priority instead of manual to see if it’d help, but it didn’t. What do y’all do to make this work?