Once the talented makeup artist Nattakun Plaengdee had finished applying her artistic talents I then ‘wrapped’ the front of our willing subject, a young teenage boy from the Mursi Tribe from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, in a black cotton fabric while also shooting him against a black cloth background. When metering black/dark subjects, SET YOUR METER READING TO AT LEAST -1 1/3rd. Why? Because your camera’s light meter only knows the world as GREY and it is ‘determined’ to do its job of making certain to deliver a ‘grey’ exposure, so when the meter ‘see’s’ dark it reacts by suggesting, “Damn, that is much darker than grey, but don’t worry Bryan, just adjust the exposure until you are at ‘0’ and I will get you ‘grey’!” STOP!!!! You light meter is STUPID, sometimes! You do not want grey, which is nothing more than over-exposed black! You want black/dark, so that is why I am telling you to set your meter reading at -1 1/3rd to AVOID an over-exposure!
You keep shooting! Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-120mm, F/[email protected]/100 sec. 320 ISO