Understanding Exposure: what you need to know about light to take pictures that shine

Understanding Exposure: what you need to know about light to take pictures that shine

What’s a good exposure?

 

What is a good exposure?

Photography is wonderfully subjective, and often ‘correct’ exposure is open to interpretation. In some cases, a darker (or lighter) shot may be desirable.

With high-contrast subjects in particular, the brightness of the shot will depend on which part of the scene you want to show most clearly – a lighter version will show more detail in the shadows, whilst a darker version will show better colour in the brighter parts of the scene.

If in doubt, shoot several versions using Exposure Compensation (for more, see our photography cheat sheet on what is exposure compensation).

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