to my best friends, thanks for being there for me.
she climbs steadily to the roof, whilst taking precautions for every movement she makes. Slowly, she inches towards her regular position and settles in, anticipating the transformation of the raw blue sky to the vivid colors of the sunset. a couple seconds later, she feels a light pressure against her shoulder. she turns her head and smiles at the sight of her best friend. this was their tradition, their way of escaping the world. five minutes later, a plethora of colors fills the sky. streaks of orange and pink take control of the sky as the sun starts to set into the horizon. they were always left in awe of the sunset’s natural beauty as it continuously surpassed their expectations. this was their paradise, a place of serenity. not a picture perfect moment to share online, but a real, candid moment in which they weren’t forced to smile or put up a fake facade. after the sun had set, their contagious laughter was all that could be heard in the silent neighborhood. genuine smiles could be seen on their faces. they spent the latter part of the night making new memories, talking about their hopes and dreams, and having serious discussions about the future. through it all, their emotions remained unfiltered.
A question we get a lot here at Refined is: How should I expose my images for Refined Presets?
For a quick edit in even light we suggest metering at proper exposure. However, for backlighting (like this image) we suggest underexposing or metering for the highlights. This will help maintain your highlights in post processing. The presets are built to withstand heavy exposure adjustments in post processing as needed. I lifted the exposure on this image +1.25 and the shadows +.24 using the Refined I preset.
Had I exposed for the boy, the table cloth and window would have been extremely blown out and harder to recover in post processing.
We love questions like these, so please keep sending them in!
Image by: @martalocklear
Gear: Canon 5diii 50mm 1.2L
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