E-PM2: Dark Subject in Bright Background

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by dbzkid777, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. dbzkid777

    dbzkid777 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2014
    So I have a few black and brown friends (not to sound racist), and taking pictures of them during day is rather difficult.

    I am using E-PM2 with 12-40mm f/2.8.

    - I have Warm Colors turned off
    - No Anti-Shock, set to Single
    - WB is Auto
    - ISO is Auto
    - I take pictures in A-Mode
    - I have metering set to Center-Weighted
    - I have Picture Mode set to Natural
    - AF Mode is S-AF
    - AF Area is everything (all green squares)
    - No other changed settings

    Is there a way to make it so my camera focuses on the dark subject but not the bright background?

    Also, is there a way to reduce the bright backgrounds so my subject can "pop out" more?
    Or, brighten out the subject while darkening the background?
  2. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Set the focus point to the center, place that focus point on the subject, focus, and then recompose.
  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Adjust exposure accordingly and/or use a fill flash.

    Good luck,

  4. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Use pin point focus/metering off the darkest spot even if it isn't in the center. Then keep the shutter button half depressed to get the composition you want.
  5. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I think he was talking about focus not exposure.

    But yeh.... exposure in those conditions is tough! Shot as second photographer in a wedding with a dark skin/light skin couple in daylight. Between the two of us, we did fine but I was a bit stressed.


    Oh... I didn't see the OP added another question...

    What worked for us was mostly relying on fill flash (several units in high sync mode) or reflectors and very carefully choosing the locations/direction to shoot. If I was just shooting candids out and about, I would simply use a hot shoe mounted flash for fill (using an ND filter if necessary).
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  6. jjinh

    jjinh Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2014
    Have you tried using face detect? I find it works quite well - it should prioritise the focus on your friends' faces.