The Importance & Effects of Tone and Color on Exposure


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Tone and color

Earlier you saw how we can control tone through exposure--that is, we can darken a tone by underexposing to put it back to its true dark value. Remember, your light meter is assuming that everything it's pointed at is middle gray and is trying to calculate exposure settings that will reproduce the scene as middle gray. Tone also has an impact on color. Take a look at our flowers again. This is a different set than we have used before. My light meter is looking at them and assuming that they are middle gray, and it's calculating some exposure values to reproduce them as middle gray, and here is what it's coming up with here.

Now, they look pretty good. They look like colorful flowers. But as I look at the scene with my eye, I see that they are actually a little darker; they are a little more saturated than what I am getting here. If I dial in just a tiny little bit of exposure compensation, I am going to dial in a 1/3rd-stop exposure compensation and watch what happens to these t...

Tone and color
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