A Crow and a Seventh Article on Exposure (Two Photographs)

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The second of the two photographs is out of camera. I under exposed the photos by accident. Such is the flexibility of Lightroom that with ample applications of exposure and contrast one can get the kind of result you see in the first photo. It is a case where I should have taken different exposures, one for the crow and one for the background and melded the two. P.S. I think the bird is giving me the finger, so maybe this shot was cursed from the start.

Exposure compensation is a tool on a camera to fool the camera’s light meter to over or under expose. Under exposure helps get rid of blown out bits in your scene, where there is no detail only white. Under exposure helps because your camera is trying to measure 18% grey, and wedding gowns, snow etc go grey or blue unless significantly under exposed (e.g. minus 2). The idea is that as one gets more practiced we use test shots to get a general sense of the exposure and set exposure compensation to adjust as we go along. Exposure compensation is usually set at smaller increments than is possible by changing any other variable, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. It’s something that I use all the time, and have to be careful to readjust it back after shooting in challenging situations.

3 responses

  1. Thank you so much for these wonderful posts and tips. You have helped me understand many aspects of photography from a different perspective (I feel like I’m making endless photo pun here, but they are not intended! LOL).

    Do you actually teach photography at all? I can’t recall reading about that in any of your posts and I have visited your website many times but don’t see any info on teaching. You should consider it if not. Your communication style is clear, easy to follow and not overflowing with personal opinions … just experience and fact. It’s helpful to many people, I’m sure! I think I may contact you on your website….catch up with you there!


    March 18, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    • Thank you.I don’t teach. A year ago I agreed to do a lecture on nature photography, went well enough but the questions were about what gear to buy. I am hoping to try again and avoid that trap.

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      March 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      • lol! I understand completely! I did send you a message on your website a few moments ago but if this reply stand as an answer to the questions asked there as well, no need to get back to me on that platform. I’ll just continue enjoying the content you provide here and be thankful for it all just the same. 🙂

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        March 18, 2018 at 3:53 pm

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