How To Use Intentional Underexposure In Photography


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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 bit...

Intentional underexposure
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