Originally Posted by CyberCowboy
How do you handle a shot that includes both a White/European model and Black/African model?
Here's what i think and i could be wrong cuz i'm not mister technical photographer. If i was, i'd be one of the photo-rocket scientists at photo.net. I don't mean that mockingly. There's guys on that board that know everything technical... I swear... Everything!
The scenario of very white and very black models together, in the same shot, has more to do with each of them being too far apart from each other in tonal range rather than it being an exposure issue. This means you have to do things to bring them, from a tonal range perspective, closer together. The things you can do can take place in production or in post. What might be the best answer, is to bring them closer in both producton and post.
In PS, curves or (for less precise adjustments) levels can help equalize them. In production, gels can help as well, possibly by warming both models, or warming the white model and cooling the black model. BTW, in this situation, i wouldn't want to depend on a programmed function of your camera and expect proper exposure.
Maybe someone has better solutions or a different take on this?