This is NONSENSE: underexposing to preserve highlights in photos

Photographer Mads Peter Iversen, standing outdoors in Iceland
(Image credit: YouTube @MadsPeterIversen)

There's a lot of accepted wisdom in photography that's actually without merit, whether it's information from outdated textbooks or experience passed on by people who misunderstood photographic principles (or, indeed, both of the above). 

I recently came across this video on YouTube by Mads Peter Iversen, an award-winning fine art landscape photographer from Denmark. Taking aim at everything from "landscape lenses" to lens compression, Iversen's video is titled "Stop This Photography Nonsense!" and sets out to correct some of the misinformation as he sees it. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.