Have you ever had a photo that looked all blown out like this?
Here is the problem. When I took this shot, my daughter was in the shade. The light meter in my camera took the exposure reading off her face. Since she was in the shade, the background became too bright.
So, to solve this problem I needed to add more light to the subject so that the light in front balanced better with the light in the background.
By using my on camera flash I got this:
See the difference! The exposure is balanced in this photo.
So next time you are out taking shots and you have a background that is too light, try this technique and see what you get.
BTW, I know this isn't the best shot of my daughter. In fact the pose is terrible. but I posted it to show the technique.
Hope you enjoyed this tip. Let me know what you think by adding a comment.