Originally Posted by Captain Kidd
Thanks Chris, in your duplex method tutorial of the tree trunk that is backlit, if you did not want any detail in the tree trunk, would you only use the reading that you took with the flat defusser pointed to the sun?
The example I posted has no detail in the tree trunks so if you were standing in that scene to recreate it maybe it would not be an average?
Great tutorials, I really appreciate them and will keep them bookmarked. Thanks again
The techniques in my tutorial are designed to give an exposure that will minimize the problems of light tones being too light to hold detail and dark tones being too dark to hold detail. If the brightness range in the scene is very high, the exposure will be biased toward midtones and extreme highlights and shadows will be lost.
If you have a specific tone you want something to be rendered, the most accurate way is to use a handheld spotmeter.
shows you how to do that.
If you do not have a spotmeter or don't want to use one, then I'd use the duplex method with your incident meter then make three exposures. One using the exposure settings the duplex method gave, then an exposure underexposing 1/2 stop, then finally one underexposing a full stop. Then pick the one you like best.