Since exposure is such an important part of photograph, I was happy to see this subject come up, but made me feel like I was back in class. The first thing I did was take 5 pictures of a Crabapple flower on manual and metering Center Weighted, with a Sigma 105mm. I'm not sure why I picked center weighted, but it felt right at the time. Each picture was reduced or increased by one stop from what the meter was showing as 0. The first 5 pictures are straight out of the camera, no cropping or adjusting, just reducing the file size. #1 f/5.6 1/640 Ev -2 #2 f/5.6 1/320 Ev -1 #3 f/5.6 1/160 Ev 0 #4 f/5.6 1/80 Ev +1 #5 f/5.6 1/40 Ev +2 Clearly you can see what the exposure settings have done to each of the photos. The next thing I did was see what I could do with each of these in PS Elements 7. This was is from the first photo, where the exposure had been reduced by 2 stops from the meter reading. #6 This is from the second photo, where the exposure had been reduced by 1 stop. #7 The last 3 at 0, +1 and +2 were really unusable as the highlights had been blown out too much. In all photos there's a couple of spots where the highlights have been blown out. I should have shaded the little of pocket of light coming through the tree. I'm not sure which one I like better. I think #7 is a more accurate representation of real life, but #6 looks like something I would prefer to frame. As always, C&C is welcome and appreciated by all. Thanks for looking.