Creative Photo Ideas for October: 02 Shoot your scenes under-exposed
Although a beautifully balanced exposure might be something we strive for most of the time, the results can sometimes lack bite. An image can be more expressive and interesting if you choose to over- or under-expose it.
Photos that contain predominantly dark tones and shadows often suit autumn photography, particularly when they’re combined with a high-contrast black-and-white conversion.
“They may seem dark and foreboding,” says photographer Andy Lee, “but I think they are positive images, with ‘light’ as the hero.
“I like to photograph as much as possible with a pre-visualised idea in mind, sometimes bracketing the exposure and using ND grads to ensure a good tonal range and the right levels of light and shade.
“I often take up to four shots of a scene, moving the camera between each frame, then stitch these together in Photoshop. I find this gives more scale to the scene.”
Get started today
* Search out areas you think are suitable, then check them at different times of the day to see how the light changes.
* Negative space is your friend. Use the light to guide the eye through the image to your subject.
* Try and keep tonality and detail in even the darkest tones, but also let them fall to black.
PAGE 1: Shoot an autumn dawn
PAGE 2: Shoot your scenes under-exposed
PAGE 3: Shoot a chilling ghost portrait for Halloween
PAGE 4: Shoot a fantasy landscape
PAGE 5: Shoot with creative lighting
PAGE 6: Shoot a Geocaching treasure hunt
PAGE 7: Shoot an urban montage
PAGE 8: Shoot fungi at eye level
PAGE 9: Shoot rock towers in familiar locations
10 common exposure problems every photographer faces (and how to fix them)
Creative spot metering: how professionals expose in high-contrast conditions
Exposure bracketing: how to capture fine detail in shadows and highlights
Creative landscape photography: master the dark art of shadows and shade
DSLR Tips: the best settings for preserving detail in any situation