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Hey guys,

I recently bought a Canon EOS Rebel XS with the 18-55 kit lens and have been learning a lot as I experiment with photography. I took a walk around my University to take shots of things to get some practice and got this photo:

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I couldn't figure out how to properly expose the bird/branches without the background getting blinding. Is there a technique to getting the right exposure?

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You have a limited dynamic range, it would be hard to get both those exposed properly in camera, its a rather large range of exposure. You have a few options to expose this shot.

Expose for the bird/branches and recover the background in PP

Use some flash to fill in the foreground and expose for the background.
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post #3 of 11
what silvrr said is pretty much it.. or u can do HDR which is taking multiple exposures of the same shot and combining them.

in some cases, recovering in PP might not get all the detail back if it gets over exposed too much.
 
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Well I did get a photo with flash but to me it came out a bit unnatural. But I guess it's necessary given the bright background

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HDR is not the way out with such a huge luminance difference between back and foreground. A speedlite with a diffuser for some fill flash would be what you're looking for. Also, HDR is gross and should be an idea you throw away unless you want to fall into the cartoonish world of fauxtography.
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HDR is not the way out with such a huge luminance difference between back and foreground. A speedlite with a diffuser for some fill flash would be what you're looking for. Also, HDR is gross and should be an idea you throw away unless you want to fall into the cartoonish world of fauxtography.

You can have an HDR photo that's not cooked. rolleyes.gif
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post #7 of 11
Exposure blending is a much better technique, and there are very few instances where HDR has made a bad photo better (or for that matter, a good photo).
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Just did this in my garage real quick to show the OP what HDR can do.

This is metering for the rear door handle.

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Metering off the wall right behind the car.

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This is HDR with 3ev metering off the rear door handle.

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It could be better if I actually took the time... But I did this in about 30 seconds.
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post #9 of 11
And how, exactly, do you propose getting 3 still shots of any wildlife? With HDR, you're not only at risk of over-processing an image to the point that it looks unnatural, it's also nearly impossible to use it with a live subject.

The correct method for the OP's situation is a speedlite with a diffuser.
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And how, exactly, do you propose getting 3 still shots of any wildlife? With HDR, you're not only at risk of over-processing an image to the point that it looks unnatural, it's also nearly impossible to use it with a live subject.
The correct method for the OP's situation is a speedlite with a diffuser.

Just trying to show that HDR doesn't mean cartoony nuked photo. and honestly, in bright sunlight, I think it would be possible to use HDR on wildlife so long as you're camera auto brackets.
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