How I expose for high-contrast street scenes with my camera

Alistair Campbell explains how you can easily expose for contrasting shots
(Image credit: Future)

Whether you like to shoot in full manual, auto exposure mode or somewhere in between, you can learn to capture images full of contrast. 

The first stage is to give yourself a good chance of success by heading out at the right time. Early in the morning isn’t ideal, because the sun is quite low – far too much of the street usually falls into darkness. I tend to shoot these types of images during the middle of the day. The sun is at a peak time in the sky, causing far more obvious areas of light and dark for you to work with. 

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.