Andrew finally got his own Canon ae-1, and we went out in Santa Monica to take some photos together.
The quick fix to our dark photos? Pay attention to the aperture meter on the side of viewfinder. Set the aperture to the suggested setting. Shoot.
It’s really that simple.
And the photos? …Read the title of this post. Good things happen to those with patience.
I decided to test out a black and white roll this time.
Here’s a few more good shots:
Also, and interesting one from the batch. I had a funny feeling this photo wasn’t going to turn out exactly how I wanted it to. There was a lot of light shining in through the window causing Andrew’s face to have a lot of shadow. Sure enough that’s how the picture came out, despite me following the light meter in the viewfinder.
How do you fix this?
Quick fix: In these kinds of situations, the meter in the viewfinder is registering all the light coming in from the window behind, and not recognizing that the subjects (in this case Andrew’s) face might be in shadows. Set the aperture a bit higher than the meter suggests to ensure that you won’t leave your subject in the shadows.