Bright skies & Shadows

Bright skies & Shadows

8 week online workshop
lesson 2
5 – Exposure

This one took quite a while to complete. I experimented with different shadows and brightnesses but these are the images I liked best. Image one is Lou sitting on Daddy’s shoulders. Image 2 1/500 f5.0 Exp +1/3 ISO 100 Image 2 1/320 f5.0 Exp +1 ISO 100. Image 3 is Clare in the shadow of a tree 1/800 f5.8 Exp -1 ISO 100.

Exposure-Lou2 Exposure-Lou1 Exposure-Clare

Mum to 2 little girls. Live & work on a cattle station in Queensland. Have only been 'on the land' for the past 5 years - before that I was a Marketing Manger for a regional airline, then I met a grazier, fell in love, and moved away from it all :)


  1. I agree that this lesson takes some time (I’m working on the same one right now). I really like the photo of Livie with her hat on on daddy’s shoulders. So sweet! Do you know if you used spot metering? It seems I’m struggling with balancing exposure compensation with still getting vibrant colors.

  2. Hi Sarah, I think you came close to nailing the exposure with that second one. Although the background is quite blown out the exposure on her face is almost perfect. The first one her face is just ever so slightly underexposed. But not really enough to worry too much about. All of these are quite difficult scenarios to get good exposure – very bright background, harsh/hard light and backlit. There is plenty more coming up in future lessons about shooting in these conditions so don’t stress if you’re still not comfortable with it. A good exercise to practice using exposure compensation is indoors (where there is good light) with a white wall as the background. Play with your exposure compensation to see if you can get the wall to be white (and not grey). Good job with these and I promise it will get easier.

  3. Hi Ashley, exposure compensation can overexpose some parts of the image (so the colours are less vibrant). The trick is to not use it unless you have to and use it to get the exposure correct where it needs to be correct (e.g. skin tones – particularly the face). You need to be aware that there are other parts of the image that will suffer in your aim to get the child’s face exposed correctly.

  4. Hi Ashley. I did use Spot Metering for the pictures on Dad’s shoulders. 🙂
    Robyn – you wouldn’t dream if it, but there is not a white wall within km’s of here! The house one of those demountable buildings that get transported on the back of trucks in parts, and the walls are all a pale grey vinyl! I am saving that exercise until I can find a white space 🙂

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