10 common exposure problems every photographer faces (and how to fix them)

    | Photography Tips | 10/04/2013 00:01am

    Exposure Problem 2. Black subject made grey

    Professional Photographer to the Rescue: get a grey card reading

    This is again caused by the camera’s metering system being confused and expecting the black object to be a midtone.

    As before, the solution is to use the exposure compensation control to reduce the exposure and turn the subject black.

    Another way to avoid such problems is to put a photographic grey card in the scene and in the same light as the main subject.

    Then, set the camera to manual exposure mode and set the metering mode to spot.

    Now make sure that the grey card fills the spotmetering area and set the exposure as the camera’s meter suggests.

    Next, take the grey card out of the scene and compose the image leaving the exposure settings as they were. The black subject should now be captured as black.

    Exposure Problem 1. White subject made grey
    Exposure Problem 2. Black subject made grey
    Exposure Problem 3. Camera in the wrong exposure mode
    Exposure Problem 4. Underexposed back-lit subject
    Exposure Problem 5. Spotmeter on
    Exposure Problem 6. Underexposed foreground in a landscape
    Exposure Problem 7. Overexposed clouds in a landscape
    Exposure Problem 8. Exposure compensation set incorrectly
    Exposure Problem 9. Shutter speed too slow to freeze movement
    Exposure Problem 10. Wrong sensitivity setting selected


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    Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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