The sun was setting today, as it does, so I tried to capture the last bits of light streaming onto the Sir Colin Campbell Building on the Innovation Park (where I work). I couldn’t really capture it the way I wanted to, either too dark or too light. So the picture below is as good as I managed.
[I’m using aperture priority mode at the moment. I set th eaperture and the camera is setting the shutter speed for me to get a decent overall exposure.]
I think the foreground of the image is overexposed (too dark). This has happened because the camera has automatically set the exposure (which happens on mine when the shutter button is pressed half way) based on a bright area of the metal skinned building.
I tried a different approach by using the cameras auto exposure lock (AE-L) button to get the auto exposure setting to set the level based on the darker sky rather than lighter building. This was awkward and needed more fingers than I own. I had to press the shutter button half way down, then press the AE-L button and move the camera back down away from the sky to the normal position. Then finish pressing the shutter.
The difference (below) is quite dramatic. Although the whole photo now seems over exposed based on how it looked in reality. And the sky is now very dull. I need some help getting this right.
I found this article from Nikon that’s quite helpful on exposure settings.