HIGHLIGHT CONTROL – Most tricky part of photography

Most of us nowadays like to take photographs. But the main problem is the highlight control or light adjustment. We all know about the auto adjustment but few times the auto adjustment also does not work. Then how would you adjust the highlighted area?

On behalf of Technibas, I would like to share a few tips on highlight control. The highlight is the most disturbing element when you take any photos. Sometimes because of the highlight, the subject becomes dark or burns the surrounding. Should we prefer the dark area or control the highlighted area? This remains the utmost hesitation. In general, when we adjust the highlighted area, the dark area of the frame becomes much darker. If we adjust the normal light condition of our subject then the highlighted area will burn the frame and that’s very irritating.

Nowadays we have digital platforms so that immediately after clicking we adjust the setting and click for another shot. But in previous days when people used to shoot with films these were not possible. So, for the time being, just think you are a film DSLR user and try to understand a few points on this. Few easy steps I am sharing with you for balancing the light all over the frame without burning any element.

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Aperture control

Controlling aperture is controlling the depth of field. It can control the highlight too. It’s a secret. When we take landscape photographs with the Sun, the Sun is always like a bright plate on the frame and the clouds become highlighted; but you will not be able to get the pattern of the cloud in the blue sky. But if we increase the aperture at list f-11 then we are able to get the correct white cloud pattern and the Sun will be like glittering at its own place and you will get the correct light control. If you want to know more about Aperture control then read my other blog Critical & Super Critical Aperture Setting.

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Shutter Speed Control

Basically, you will say shutter speed is used for freezing the subject. When we take wildlife photographs, we need high shutter speed and for some creative shots, we need slow shutter speed. But the high shutter speed also controls the highlight in the frame. Suppose the subject is white and the light is also high then use maximum shutter speed and also maximum aperture as much as you can. But the problem is if you increase all of them to the extent then the photo might be underexposed. According to the light condition you should play with the aperture and shutter speed. If you want to know more about shutter speed control then read my other blog How to Control Shutter Speed During Low Light Conditions.

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Metering Mode

Another light adjustment method in DSLR cameras is the metering mode. What is the metering mode? Metering mode is the automatic light adjustment option according to the subject. Mainly there are three types of metering mode center, spot, and matrix. When your subject is in the middle of the frame just set the center metering, if it is close-up shots or macro shots then we should use the spot metering. And the last is the matrix metering. In this option, the camera adjusts the value light or the brightness all over the frame so what you give the exposure will work all over your frame. But in the spot and center metering if your background will be highlighted then you would get the burn background effect. So, both in this condition you have to choose the correct background as much as possible.

So, these are the few easy steps to get the correct effect of the correct exposure that you give for a particular frame.

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