How to Expose for the Dress

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    Eliana Franzenburg

    This is something I wondered about for a long time and would like to know the answer.
    When you photograph weddings how do you get the dress properly exposed? I’m not asking for any reason other than its bothered me for a long time 🙂 I’m not planing on ever doing weddings but I know some of you have.


    Daniel Hancock

    I haven’t done weddings (officially at least), but never had an issue with white t-shirts and the like. As long as you are somewhat close, you can generally push the highlights when editing a RAW file.


    David Frazer

    I am far from being a wedding photographer, but I would be inclined to say that you don’t expose for the dress – you expose for the faces, and if you shoot in RAW you should still have enough detail in the dress. Of course, if the bride has very dark skin, and is wearing a white dress you could have issues…


    James Staddon

    Like the others, I shoot RAW so I don’t recall worrying about exposing for the dress. I guess for me I keep an eye on it like I would clouds in any scene. I keep highlight alert enabled all the time, so any time I glance at the screen and there are areas in the dress that are blinking, then I dial down the exposure appropriately.


    Eliana Franzenburg

    Ahh…That makes sense. Thanks!

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