Originally Posted by Cruiser2B
Taken with my T2i last year with 18-55 lense....I mess with the pic some as you can see, pic on right is original just resized for forum....still learning
cameras and picture taking.
Cool waterfall! Where was this taken?
Also, if I'm not overstepping my bounds, a pointer. Your camera's meter is trying to give you a good all around exposure of a difficult scene. The cliff face on the left side of the image is in full sun, the waterfall on the right side (I presume the intended subject of the photo) is in full shade. The metered exposure tries to strike a balance between the two, erring on the side of not "blowing out" (over exposing) the highlights (brightest part of the image), in this case the cliff. The result is that the waterfall is overly dim compared to the cliff right next to it.
One option is to adjust the camera
so it increases the overall exposure of the scene. You can do this in a few different ways. One is to give yourself a few extra stops using the exposure compensation feature (dive into the manual for this). Another way is to put the camera
in manual exposure mode and increase the aperture setting (smaller the number, brighter the image), or decreasing the shutter speed (again, smaller the number, brighter the image).
The other, usually simpler, option is to try and limit your composition (what you choose to include or exclude in the picture) to JUST subjects in full sun, or JUST subjects in the shade. You can do this by zooming in with the lens, or changing your position on the ground. This will work in any auto exposure mode (scene modes, P, Av, Tv) without any other camera adjustment.
It's boring to go through your camera's manual cover to cover, but you really owe it to yourself to do it. Have your camera with you, and don't move on to a new function until you completely understand the first function. You won't fully enjoy the ART of your photography
until you get the SCIENCE part down to 'muscle memory'.