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A standard piece of equipment that landscape photographers carry to help them handle a bright sky and a dark foreground is a neutral density filter. A neutral density filter basically is has a darker section across half of the filter which allows you to expose for the darker section of your photograph without blowing out the lighter part of your photograph.

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Photo as submitted**

Rebecca Hartman has sent in this image. I have done some very quick, heavy handed adjustments in Photoshop to show what I am assuming is closer to what Rebecca saw when she took this photograph.
I did not take too much care in the adjustments but you get the jist. Rebecca, this is a perfect example of seeing a beautiful setting and trying to capture it. Unfortunately, as is the case in most landscape images the foreground and the sky need a different exposure to really bring out the beauty in what we see. Our eyes make the adjustment but our cameras need a little more help.

Image with quick adjustments

A standard piece of equipment that landscape photographers carry to help them handle a bright sky and a dark foreground is a neutral density filter. A neutral density filter basically is has a darker section across half of the filter which allows you to expose for the darker section of your photograph without blowing out the lighter part of your photograph.

Another way to handle this situation if you don't have a special filter is to bracket exposures which tells the camera to take the photo with three different exposures, then you merge them together. The exposures are taken continuously if you have the camera set to continuous shooting, capturing the moment pretty closely. If this was a straight landscape shot without moving people and horses you could take your time to expose the different parts of the image in different shots and then merge them together. Rebecca take some time with your camera's manual to learn about the different settings so you can maximize your opportunity next time. Next time I bet you nail it.
_—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

_This photo gets one star on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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