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Chapter 3. Compose a Good Photo > Working with the Light

Working with the Light

When shooting a photo in available light (like sunlight), set up the shot so that the light source is behind the camera. If the light is behind the subject, the camera's autoexposure will overcompensate for the bright light, leaving the subject underexposed. You can compensate for the exposure (see “Shooting Against the Light”), but details will still often get lost in the shadows (Figure 3.15).

Figure 3.15. The details of the trees are lost because the light is behind them.



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