Photography Class 2 – Metering

So this week’s assignment was to play with the metering – to deliberately underexpose or overexpose photos.

For example – the story corner rug at school:

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underexposed

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proper exposure

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overexposed

So why would you want to underexpose or overexpose a photo? If what your taking a picture of is too white or too black, the camera will not meter correctly, so by underexposing or overexposing, you can correct this.

For example – taking a photo of a computer:

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“proper” exposure

The camera makes the computer too gray looking, but by underexposing it:

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underexposed

it comes out black (like it actually is).

And for another example – tracks in the snow, as the sun was getting lower in the sky:

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“proper” exposure

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overexposed

Actually, it’s still too dark at +1, so I should have tried it at +2. Then it probably would have looked more like this (corrected with software):

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So at least I’m starting to understand it now anyway, with all this practice. Good thing we had two weeks between classes this time, as it took awhile to sink in!

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