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08-30-2011, 12:11 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by nanhi Quote
Laurentiu Sir, here is a screen shot of the EXIF Data - attached.
Thanks. And I expect you were shooting JPG instead of RAW, so there is no way you can change these settings now and reprocess the image.

As I was afraid, your settings were such that you pretty much guaranteed that you won't be able to capture the highlights:

- metering is spot - it should be evaluative - with spot you metered for exposure of your relatives and background (highlights) was ignored
- ISO is 800 - at this point you DR is reduced, so it is easy to blow highlights.
- Your D-Range - Highlight correction setting is off - this is the one setting that is specifically about helping you to avoid blowing out highlights and you did not enable it
- exposure compensation is 0.5 - why overexpose when you're already blowing out highlights?
- Image tone is bright - this applies an S curve to your image which means you'll blow out highlights more easily - sadly, if you shoot JPG, you have no way to revert this loss
- Contrast 2 - not sure, but this could also have an adverse impact - I keep it at 0
- Sharpness 2 - unrelated to this particular issue, but you should shoot RAW and set this to 0. Sharpening should be the last thing you do on an image.

Well, this pretty much explains it - you limited your camera's DR to the extent to which it was impossible to capture the highlights well. Shoot RAW, use normal image tone, enable D-Range settings, use a lower ISO, and use evaluative metering - see if it works better for you in such situations. Shooting RAW helps you make adjustments later if you didn't pick the optimal settings in the field - think of it as a safety net.

Hope this helps.

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