Lately I've been experimenting with something called "HDR photography" which means - High Dynamic Range. Basically, this is where you take at least 3 photos. Keep the aperture the same and do a shorter, normal and longer exposure to get the full range of light from the subject. This way you get details from the ground shadows as well as a properly exposed sky also (if you are doing outdoor photos). It gives a strange looking effect, but it's pretty much what your eye sees anyway, since when you look around at things, your eye will compensate for different amounts of light. This is just a way to do it with a camera.
Since the skies are mostly clouddy these days, I'm playing with less distant photography with the HDR tricks. Here is an example tutorial on how to do this with Photoshop.
I was at the Muesum of Flight yesterday to check out a model show, so I tried a few interesting subjects with this method. I'm not sure if I'm doing this all correctly yet, but I think the results are interesting.
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