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Intentional underexposure

From: Foundations of Photography: Exposure

Video: Intentional underexposure

This is Ursula. Ursula has figured out that I have peanut-butter-filled pretzels in my pocket, and apparently, I'm not giving her enough of them. Ursula is an interesting exposure challenge, not just because she is chewing on my fingers and trying to get pretzels out of my pocket, but because her face has black on it, and white. If I try to take a shot of her, my camera is going to be thrown off by the black. It's going to overexpose, and I'm going to lose detail on the white. So I'm going to just kind of get her busy chewing, and take a quick shot.

Intentional underexposure

This is Ursula. Ursula has figured out that I have peanut-butter-filled pretzels in my pocket, and apparently, I'm not giving her enough of them. Ursula is an interesting exposure challenge, not just because she is chewing on my fingers and trying to get pretzels out of my pocket, but because her face has black on it, and white. If I try to take a shot of her, my camera is going to be thrown off by the black. It's going to overexpose, and I'm going to lose detail on the white. So I'm going to just kind of get her busy chewing, and take a quick shot.

If you look here in bright sunlight, you see that this bit right here is all overexposed. All the stuff on her nose is overexposed. So what I'm going to do is an intentional underexposure. Now we talked about how when you meter, your camera tries to find a shutter speed and aperture combination that yield a good exposure, which means good overall brightness. Well, in this case, again, it's being thrown by the black bits, and we're losing the white bits. So using my exposure compensation control, I'm going to dial in one stop of underexposure.

I'm going to take another shot or two. Ursula is getting really bored. Now if you look at these, you'll see that we've got detail back on her nose. All the white stuff is back. The black has gone blacker. I can either try and bring that up in my image editor or actually it looks okay, because she is pretty dark. So overall, I'm getting a better exposure. So there are times when you have to out-think your meter, where what it's delivering is not good for the exposure situation you're in. You have to either intentionally under- or overexpose to put tone back where it needs to be.

Ursula is leaving, so that's it for this particular lesson.

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Foundations of Photography: Exposure

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  1. 8m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 56s
    2. What is exposure?
      4m 8s
    3. A word about camera brands
      2m 40s
  2. 9m 32s
    1. What is a camera?
      2m 53s
    2. The shutter
      3m 53s
    3. The aperture
      1m 33s
    4. Exposure defined
      1m 13s
  3. 13m 50s
    1. Modes
      2m 7s
    2. Pressing the shutter button
      2m 54s
    3. Autofocus
      5m 22s
    4. Light metering
      2m 3s
    5. White balance
      1m 24s
  4. 29m 26s
    1. Shooting sharp images
      1m 58s
    2. Noting shutter speed
      4m 3s
    3. Taking control of shutter speed
      1m 30s
    4. Stop defined
      2m 50s
    5. Shutter priority mode
      4m 34s
    6. Exercise: Shutter speed
      40s
    7. Reciprocity
      3m 13s
    8. Controlling motion
      7m 8s
    9. Shutter speed increments
      2m 21s
    10. Exercise: Go work with shutter speed
      1m 9s
  5. 26m 3s
    1. Depth of field
      1m 53s
    2. How aperture is measured
      2m 42s
    3. Aperture priority mode
      4m 57s
    4. Lens speed
      53s
    5. Shooting deep depth of field
      3m 53s
    6. Shooting shallow depth of field
      2m 50s
    7. The depth-of-field preview button
      4m 24s
    8. How shallow should you be?
      2m 47s
    9. Exercise: Go work with aperture
      1m 44s
  6. 16m 26s
    1. ISO: The third exposure parameter
      6m 27s
    2. Assessing your camera's high ISO
      5m 32s
    3. Shooting in low light
      3m 32s
    4. Exercise: Shooting in low light
      55s
  7. 14m 30s
    1. White balance controls
      5m 37s
    2. Adjusting white balance manually
      4m 25s
    3. Shooting raw
      4m 28s
  8. 6m 3s
    1. How light meters work
      1m 47s
    2. Why are there different modes?
      4m 16s
  9. 33m 59s
    1. Exposure compensation
      4m 0s
    2. Intentional overexposure
      2m 40s
    3. Intentional underexposure
      1m 42s
    4. Controlling tone
      2m 31s
    5. The histogram
      10m 4s
    6. Real-world histograms
      5m 49s
    7. Tone and color
      2m 16s
    8. Auto exposure bracketing
      3m 58s
    9. Exercise: Go work with exposure compensation
      59s
  10. 12m 56s
    1. Dynamic range
      2m 24s
    2. Exposing for highlights
      4m 15s
    3. Fill flash
      3m 11s
    4. Three solutions to the same problem
      3m 6s
  11. 12m 26s
    1. Manual mode
      2m 6s
    2. Manual mode and light meters
      4m 52s
    3. Manual exposure exercise
      5m 28s
  12. 12m 1s
    1. Custom modes and A-DEP
      1m 39s
    2. Program shift
      3m 52s
    3. Exposure compensation with program shift
      1m 58s
    4. An exercise in reciprocity
      53s
    5. Scene modes and in-camera processing
      3m 39s
  13. 8m 16s
    1. Shooting with post production in mind
      3m 46s
    2. Exposure strategy
      3m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      39s

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