A to Z Challenge: U is for Under Exposure

Welcome to today’s post for the great Blogging A to Z Challenge!

Today is U is for Under Exposure.

You will remember that I already talked about Over Exposure (https://zombieflamingoes.com/2016/04/18/a-to-z-challenge-o-is-for-overexposure/) .  Well, today is Under Exposure.

According to http://photography.about.com/od/gloss3/g/Underexposure.htm “Underexposure in photography refers to an image where too little light was recorded. The degree of underexposure will determine how dark a photo is.”

So, if you take a picture without enough light, it’s often hard to see anything.  Usually I am guilty of over exposing, but when I am trying things out in the dark, these are typical of my first shots.

underexposure1 underexposure2

You can help the situation with a higher ISO or a flash,

Remember flash?


ISO?  Yes, this is the same bench as above.  Under exposed because the ISO was too low for the first shot.

B-ISO100 B-ISO800

But sometimes darkness is cool.  Kind of spooky, eh?  Could have been spookier I guess…


And these are attempts at contrast.  They would have been cooler had the dark sections been darker, and if the lighter sections had popped more.

underexposure3  underexposure4

Always something to improve upon!

This site has some good tips for when you want (or need) to under expose (your photos) on purpose:  http://photography.bastardsbook.com/lessons/underexposure/

Posted on April 25, 2016, in A to Z Challenge and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I thought those ones of the bench were taken at night, until the last one! Shows I have a lot to learn about exposure. 🙂 Your kitty made me laugh, clearly he was talking to you.

  2. I usually aim for a lower exposure when taking pictures. Easier to fix most under-exposed pictures than over-exposed ones.

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