Bad pictures today!

posted October 22nd, 2012
I took a bunch of pictures at a fall festival today that all came out way to over exposed. I tried a bunch of manual and auto settings on my canon sxi. Any ideas's what might have went wrong?
posted October 22nd, 2012
Looks like it was really sunny out. I find bright mid-day sun too much for a lot of things. A fast shutter speed might have helped though, and maybe ISO 100. Just my unprofessional 2 cents.
posted October 22nd, 2012
Another unprofessional opinion here, I agree with the above and when I have to shoot in full mid day sun, I bring along my reflector (and someone to hold it to block the sun on one side and create open shade. It is not the most practical but sometimes you just have to do what ya have to do:)
posted October 22nd, 2012
i posted to the photo itself about a quicker shutterspeed... full on sun is hard to work with :)
posted October 22nd, 2012
on a sunny day I usually start with an ISO of 100 and if it looks bad I start playing with it. My ISO in this pic is 200 so I'm thinking it didn't look good so I started experimenting . I will try a faster shutter speed and see if this helps. Thank You for you 2 cents i appreciate it!
posted October 22nd, 2012
Do you think your light meter is reading the red (darker) and teeing to find a median with the light face and blond hair? Could have the type of metering selected that averages rather than spot meters. I agree with others that mid day sun is rough.
posted October 22nd, 2012
*trying. (not "teeing")
posted October 22nd, 2012
Also, remember to stop and think about where you are standing in relation to your subject and the sun!
posted October 22nd, 2012
This is a great shot, and might be recoverable if you process it right. I can't really imagine what could have gone wrong. Your ISO and aperature shouldn't have affected the exposure too much. I'm guessing that maybe you switched into Manual mode, which happened to be set at 1/80, which would be too slow of a shutter speed in that light. I always switch over accidentally, and it can be quite frustrating. Another idea is possibly burst of sudden sun-light might have just come out, and your camera didn't have time to correctly adjust to it. What ever it is, I wish you luck on figuring it out!
posted October 22nd, 2012
What sort of metering do you have the camera set on. I agree with Danette that it is quite possibly a metering issue.
posted October 22nd, 2012
I agree with the ISO to 100 and Aperture a bit smaller may have helped some but also to check your metering and change to spot.
posted October 22nd, 2012
ISO 100 & faster shutter speed along with spot or partial metering may help. Bright mid-day sun is tuff no matter what. Good luck!
posted October 22nd, 2012
To me it seems that the light (exposure) has been measured on the whole picture because the darker parts are correctly exposed. In difficult conditions like this I always use spot metering, with the light measured on the subject. Some parts of your pics would be dark, but the girl would be correctly exposed.
posted October 23rd, 2012
Thank You for stopping in and offering your much appreciated advice . I do believe some of my problem was how my meter was set. The next few days are suppose to be sunny & warm it'll be perfect for me to use all the information you've given me.....thanks again!
posted October 25th, 2012
I suggest to try the Sunny F16 rule: Equivalent Exposures for the Sunny f/16 Rule at ISO 100
Aperture Shutter Speed
f/22 1/50 second
f/16 1/100 second
f/11 1/200 second
f/8 1/400 second
f/5.6 1/800 second
f/4 1/1600 second
f/2.8 1/3200 second
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