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

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

    Exposure Problem 6. Underexposed foreground in a landscape

    Our professional photographer's recommended gear: ND grad filters

    A common problem in landscape photography is that the sky is often much brighter than the land beneath it and this can trick a camera into underexposing the foreground interest in your composition to make the sky look right.

    Most photographers solve this problem by using a graduated neutral density filter (also known as an ND Grad) over the lens.

    The filter should be positioned so that the dark part covers the bright sky, while the gradient (where the dark and clear parts meet) should be positioned along the horizon.

    The filter effectively darkens the sky so that both it and the land can be accurately recorded at the same exposure settings.

    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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