A digital camera has a defined and relatively restricted dynamic range for exposure. In a bright sunlit photograph, it is difficult to take one photo that has detail in the brightest areas and still contains some information in the shadows. Take two images that are optimized for the bright and darker areas separately and merge them in Photoshop to get one photograph that shows the scene as you saw it.
In the photograph below it took 3 images to get the shot balanced,
* First i shot one slightly under exposed for the sky to bring out the colours and hold back the highlights
* second i shot a proper exposed shot to keep the beach, water and mountain exposed right and to brighten the shadows
* And lastly i shot around 10 images for the water movement at a slower shutter speed so i had a few different waves to choose from to use
* Once i selected my favorite wave movement shot i then loaded the 3 selected images into photoshop layers and began to merge them using layer masks, once i am happy with the final combined image i then flatten it to one image then i begin my work on the post processing( colour,sharpness etc.....)
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