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    Too Light Or Too Dark?

    Hey Guys,

    I havent posted in ages but since I last posted I have got myself a Canon 40D with 17-85mm Lens IS USM and one of the major problems I seem to have is that when I take a photo, it is either over-exposed or underexposed, the forground would be for example too dark and the sky would be ok, or visa versa any suggestions?

    Also too I am trying to learn Photoshop but not sure how to correct such a thing?
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    I have the 40D and don't have any probs like that, i would first try and see if i could try another lens and see if it still exists.
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    Unfortunatly, I dont have another lens.....

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    It's just a normal exposure issue that many photographers have to deal with. dynamic range!!

    The sky is 'usually' so much brighter than a foreground it's always a compromise to have to deal with.

    post a photo as an example, with a few bits of info such as time of day, and what direction(relative to the sun) you were shooting .. etc.

    eg. if shooting into a setting(or rising) sun, you might find that you need something like 1/6400s at f/8 for the sky, but closer to 1/30s at f/8 for the foreground. That's too much dynamic range for the camera to handle properly, without filters or heavy software manipulation of the final image.
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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