Possible Duplicates:
How can I get the right exposure when parts of the scene are in the shade and others are in the sun?
How to cope with high contrast?

Today I went for a walk with my daughter and took the camera with me (Nikon 5000D). I took a couple of photos of landscape and noticed a pattern. It was a sunny day and I was shooting in Aperture Priority. If I focused on a building the shutter speed was set to 1/300, the building/ground looks great but the sky is bright white (without being able to make out the few clouds in the sky). If on the other hand I focused on the sky, shutter sets to 1/2000, the sky looks beautifully blue and the clouds can be sharply seen, however the building is terribly dark. How can I obtain the perfect building along with the perfect sky?

The first thing that springs to mind is to use a tripod and take two photos of the same landscape with different shutter speeds and then post-process them somehow.

However I feel I may be missing some tips from the pros. What's the best way to handle a situation like this?

  • There actually plenty of duplicates of this question. The DR of your scene is too high and you have to choose what to exposure for. If you want to get both exposed come back when the contrast is lower. – Itai Sep 1 '11 at 15:17
  • ... such as when the sun is behind clouds or near sunset. – Imre Sep 1 '11 at 16:15