again massive under exposure mate
here is how i have my camera setup
- spot metering I use this 99% of the time and very rarely i switch it to evaluative
- always meter on the persons face
- manual mode only (not being snobby but I just can't use AV or TV or auto anything properly it always comes out wrong
- in the viewfinder on the little meter scale with the center of the frame over the persons face i adjust my shutter speed or iso so the little marker is over +1 over what the camera meters then take a shot from here i'm either happy and leave it at +1 or i adjust it over or under by 1/3rd of a stop to taste
coupled with this its essential to have highlight alert enabled aka the blinkies (you know the screen flashes black and white in blown highlight areas) ensure no skin has the blinkies and dont worry if it looks over exposed.
no be aware as iso increase your available dynamic range reduces alot so the higher you go the less highlight headroom you have . this is why auto anything pretty much always underexposes to protect tghe highlights even if you might not care if those highlights it is protecting blow or not. Focus on the face exposure forget the rest and its all good.
this sounds like alot of work but at night in an event the lighting is often pretty constant even if it is crap and its basically set and forget with the odd iso or SS tweak where needed. Especially if you are using flash with ETTL it gets a whole lot easier
then in post pull down the exposure by a stop or so overall and boost the shadows which come back clean and not full of gain noise or apply a curve trim the highlights as required and then look at contrast etc. very basic
the key is dont blow out the skin highlights and expose as far over as you can without blowing key highlights
Thanks for the advice!!
I'm not familiar with the 'blinkies' highlight alert setting....I didn't know there was a way to set up the viewfinder to have it flash when something is overexposed....I'll start to research where that is set at!!
I don't have Lightroom, I'm currently using Apeture 3. I also have the NIK plugins. I can adjust the WB, and get them looking decent with regard to color, and with bringing down that glare in the windows...
But even with shapening and trying to use the Apeture noise reduction, it looks horrible.
I just seem to rarely ever get the super tack sharp, clear, like your could reach through and touch images that most others post on here. LIke at the beginning of the thread, those with the sports shots, likely shot in MUCH tougher conditions that I have, and they look very pro....so much of mine looks like cr@p.
If I set up poses, like I did with a friend of mine with headshots, I can get some really good looking images, but when out and about like eating at a restaurant or taking snaps around the Quarter with friends, I just never seem to be able to get really crisp pro looking shots for the most part.
But ya'll have given me something to work on...the +1 exposure on the meter, and exposing spot for the face, I'll start working on those.
BY the way...I have a dropbox set up with these RAW images in them if anyone wants to play with them and post what you'd do to correct and let me see how much noise you can clean from them, PM me and I'll give you the link and maybe you can post the jpg back to this thread?
Again THANK YOU all very much for all the input and suggestions. I know the best way is to get it right in camera and I'm definitely taking notes here!!!