ONe shot from the Jeep trials, and some advice needed

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I have posted a few more in motors, but I would like little advice.

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What am I doing wrong here???
it was a stupidly clear sky, but it all looks a bit blown out to me.

Bearing in mind, I am still a learner, please keep the advice in singe syllables and plain english ;)
 
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It looks ok to me, but I guess the sky is blown out because the camera was probably metering from a darker part of the surroundings, i.e the Jeep, and lowered the shutter speed thus.

Correct me if I'm wrong too, because I'm a noob aswell!
 
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danza said:
It looks ok to me, but I guess the sky is blown out because the camera was probably metering from a darker part of the surroundings, i.e the Jeep, and lowered the shutter speed thus.

Correct me if I'm wrong too, because I'm a noob aswell!

Spot on from what I can see. To allow enough light to get a good shot of the jeep the camera either changed the aperture of the lens or the shutter speed. Too much light was let in and the sky turned white.
 
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TerraS said:
I feel a HDR coming on....

Did you shoot it using RAW?

Only ever use RAW, dont really see the point in shooting jpeg.
BUT I have no idea how to use PS, I have PSP9 but dont really use that either.
My only image manipulations are with Nikon PP and the odd crop. I did clone out an errant branch, that was about it. Damn it I wish I knew how to use these programs :(

So, someone explain how I meter it differently, please?
 
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FakeSnake said:
Only ever use RAW, dont really see the point in shooting jpeg.
BUT I have no idea how to use PS, I have PSP9 but dont really use that either.
My only image manipulations are with Nikon PP and the odd crop. I did clone out an errant branch, that was about it. Damn it I wish I knew how to use these programs :(

So, someone explain how I meter it differently, please?
Seems to be a number of ways to eliminate having a blown sky.
1) Set the exposure setting lower on the camera when taking the picture.
2) Increase the aperture F value (smaller aperture size)
3) Increase shutter speed so less light is let in.
I'm not sure how metering works, as I've not noticed any difference when I change it - I'm still learning too. Also set ISO to lowest value on a bright sunny day (its 320 in that posted pic) :)

Above all, use the histogram function on your camera to check for overexposure. I dont know about your nikon, but my canon flashes any regions of overexposure a solid black in the thumnail when viewing the histogram too.

(Incidently, thanks for the builder's details - they should be sorting me and pheebs out with some quotes :D )
 
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