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The problem with all of this is that overexposed
or underexposed images have lost image detail and
tonality. Overexposed images seem washed out and
underexposed ones are dark and murky.
One way to overcome these exposure issues is to
reconsider how you position the camera or compose
the image. For example leave out most or all of an
overcast sky. Could the subject be moved or the
camera position changed if the problem area is in the
background?
The other way of course is to make adjustments
to the exposure. Remember that dark subjects get
overexposed by fooling the meter into letting in too
much light for the exposure. So you compensate to
allow less light in for the exposure. Less for dark and more for light. and shoot away. Remember to dial out
Bright or white subjects get underexposed because So with this in mind adjust your the adjustments when you are finished
the meter is fooled into not letting enough light in exposures accordingly or simply use since they may not be appropriate for
for the exposure. You compensate by allowing more the exposure compensation setting in your next subject!
light in. your camera. This allows the camera to
How much more or less you compensate is a mater override the meter’s suggested exposure Happy shooting until next time and
of experience as different situations will require by the amount you dial in. You can do drop me a line at
different degrees of compensation. adjust for more or less exposure in jojophotoANU@gmail.com
Here is a good starting point. In our little experiment either “stops” or “EV’. EV stands and let me know
the black cloth would need a compensation of one for Exposure Value. They essentially how you’re getting on.
and a half to two stops less exposure while the white mean the same thing. Read up on your
paper would need a compensation of one and a half to camera’s manual to see how this is done
two stops more exposure. Notice that the amount of for your particular model. Dial in plus Joseph
compensation is the same but the direction changes. or minus compensation accordingly
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