Expose to the right: the camera technique every landscape photographer must know

    | Photography Tutorials | Tutorials | 07/11/2012 02:00am
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    Important highlights


    Expose to the right: important highlights

    Even though this image has been darkened after its capture, the highlight detail in the sea and the clouds is unrecoverable

    If you photograph a scene with a light source such as a candle or a light bulb in it you wouldn’t expect, nor want, to be able to see the detail of the candle flame or the bulb’s element.

    You would expect these areas to be burned out. Similarly, if you are photographing a sparkling sea you expect the specular highlights to be burned out.

    It would be a problem, however, if all the detail in the ‘white horses’ of the waves in the sea are a featureless mass of overexposed white.

    These areas are the important highlights or critical highlights and the exposure needs to be set to protect them.

    PAGE 1: Why should I expose to the right?
    PAGE 2: Important highlights
    PAGE 3: Using your histogram to expose to the right
    PAGE 4: How to expose to the right
    PAGE 5: The last step


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    Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photography Tutorials, Tutorials.

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