(c) Jim Zuckerman
The photo above was taken recently during my annual Venice photography workshop. This is a 17th century palace, and the interior of the room is much darker than the bright daylight seen through the windows. Due to the extreme contrast - in other words, the large discrepancy in exposure between the model and the windows - I had three choices in dealing with this situation:
1. I could expose correctly for the model and the interior and allow the windows to blow out.
2. I could expose for the windows which would make the model very dark and the room would also be underexposed significantly.
3. I could use an artificial light source, like a flash, to lighten the model and then expose for both the windows and her - but then the high ceiling and the walls would be very dark. In order to light this cavernous room, I would need an enormous number of lights, and it would take two days to do it correctly.
- Jim Zuckerman teaches many terrific online photography courses at BetterPhoto.com, including Perfect Digital Exposure and Taking the Mystery Out of Flash Photography.
- Also, Jim Z is a top contributor to these new BetterPhoto Guide books (co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager): The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light.