11 minutes ago
I never use the 'blinkies' feature in digital cameras. first, it is distracting, and second, when you include a very bright element in a composition -- such as the sun, the sun's reflection on water, street lamps at night, or a light fixture such as this sconce -- the indication from the lcd monitor is that the picture is overexposed. that's not true, and for many photographers this is confusing. i took this photo in one of the beautiful rooms in my hotel in venice. i originally chose this hotel specifically because this room offers such great photographic opportunities. the exposure was a balance between the lighting on the model and the sconce itself, and using the lcd screen as my guide (not the histogram), i used the exposure compensation feature to adjust the exposure to my liking. in post-processing, i used the burn tool to darken the periphery. my settings were 1/250, f/5, and 2500 iso. i used tungsten white balance and a 24-105mm lens.