Sometimes, I take a shot to figure out the exposure before adjusting my settings, especially when the light is behind my subject like below.
But sometimes that test shot is the best expression of the bunch, and I know I want to try to save it.
And this, my friends, is where shooting in RAW comes in handy.
I upped the exposure, cropped it, and then added a b&w gradient map and played with the levels.
Shot with a 50mm 1.4 + 5d. Edited with Photoshop CS3.
Check out the other Before & Afters on Pixel Perfect’s blog.