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Shooting Black objects with D2X

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by svenmichiels, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. svenmichiels


    May 21, 2005

    Can anyone tell me witch settings I need to use for shooting black objects?

    I've really difficult to shoot black dogs of even a small shot off my new 300mm f/2.8.

    What does I do wrong, witch settings does I've to use?


    Sven Michiels
  2. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Spot meter and use negative exposure compensation.
  3. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    .. which works out approx. like this: spot meter the subject, expose -1.5 stops less than indicated by the meter. that should be a good starting point.
  4. greggebhardt

    greggebhardt Guest

    Not just a D2X problem. Like the others say, bracket to come up with the effect you want. Remember that your subject is black and at best you can get some highlights reflected off the subject.

    If you force the exposure for the black, you are going to get an overexposed grey instead of black. I admit it is not easy but lighting for highlights is the best you can do.
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