Underexpose


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After - After a trip through a photo-editing program the dark areas have been lightned and enhanced a bit, while the sky and the fish are untouched.
After
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Automatic - This picture was taken on an automatic program, but even though the overall impression is good, the fish and the sky to the right are washed out due to overexposure
Automatic
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Before - The image is slightly underexposed, but the fish is perfectly lit with a fill flash
Before
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Contrast - Even though this image is generally exposed under the norm, the contrast between the dark sea weed and the bright fish cheats the camera into overexposing the fish. It is a difficult scene to get properly exposed.
Contrast
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Controlled flash - In this image the flash was better controlled and the balance between ambient light and flash was close to perfect
Controlled flash
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Difficult light - Shooting against the sun and with lots of water in the picture will always pose a problem. Underesposure may mean lost dark areas, but saves the picture anyway. Had the forest and the angler been well lit, the water and sky would have been ruined.
Difficult light
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Evening - A picture such as has become much more intense by a slight underexposure. The camera would want to expose it as a daylight scene, rendering it too light.
Evening
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Into the sun - When you shoot into the sun like this, most cameras will get fooled into dramatic underexposure - mostly with great results. This scene was much brighter in reality, but the underexposure produced a black sihuette on a saturated background.
Into the sun
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Perfect sky - This is the same scene as the picture with the very bright sky. Here the angler may just be a silhuette, but the sky and the clouds - and their reflections - makes the image fine anyway. All obtained through underexposure.
Perfect sky
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Ruined - This slide is a lost case. The angler, the grass and even the mountains in the background may be well exposed, but the sky is totally ruined due to too much light
Ruined
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Sacrifice - Sometimes you must sacrifice something to get what you want. A nicely exposed angler and fish cost a blown out sky and water in the background
Sacrifice
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Sensitive fish - Silvery fish, like this baltic sea trout, are very sensitive to overexposure.There are no details left in the bright belly of this fish in spite of the rest of the picture being perfectly exposed
Sensitive fish
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Shiny - Shiny fish are a potential overexposure risk
Shiny
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Strike of light, strike of luck - Thanks to the variation in the light in this scene, the camera decided to expose to an average, which was perfect for the difficult subject
Strike of light, strike of luck
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Too much flash - Filling with flash can give a good effect, but must be well controlled when the main subject is close
Too much flash
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Too much of a good thing - Bright, sunny days will cost you some sky and some silvery fish bellies
Too much of a good thing
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With hightlights - The area to the right is blown out
With hightlights
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Without highlight - By turning the camera to a vertical position, the highlight has simply been omitted from the picture
Without highlight