exposure problem

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  1. swmocity

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    i dont know if its something wrong with my camera settings, or me...its prolly me...but all my pictures seem to come out underexposed......even when its sunny outside...this is a picture of took today of my nephew..it looks to be underexposed...i made sure the meter was in the center





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    Camera:Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTExposure:0.001 sec (1/1600)Aperture:f/3.5Focal Length:18 mmISO Speed:200Exposure Bias:0/2 EVFlash:Flash did not fire
    Orientation:Horizontal (normal)Software:Adobe Photoshop CS3 WindowsDate and Time:2008:10:06 19:21:16Exposure Program:ManualDate and Time (Original):2008:10:06 17:25:03Date and Time (Digitized):2008:10:06 17:25:03Shutter Speed:10643856/1000000Maximum Lens Aperture:434375/100000Metering Mode:PatternColor Space:UncalibratedFocal Plane X-Resolution:3954.233 dpiFocal Plane Y-Resolution:3958.763 dpiExposure Mode:ManualAuthor:117, 0, 110, 0, 107, 0, 110, 0, 111, 0, 119, 0, 110, 0, 0, 0Image Width:3456 pixelsImage Height:2304 pixels







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  2. davebmck

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    It doesn't look underexposed to me. It's just a high contrast condition. If you increased the exposure much, you would blow out the highlights.
     
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    Looks fine. Is it the shadows on his face that you're talking about? If so, that's a limitation of camera's - they can't capture as much dynamic range as our eyes. Use a fill in flash, or a reflector, to bounce some light back into his face to lighten the shadows.

    Also - what kind of monitor are you using? Is it calibrated?
     
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    my monitor also plays a factor too...its darker than most...but even on others is still looks dark...on my cameras lcd it even looks dark...no its no calibrated...i have a old school...ive been thinking about getting a flat screen
     
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    Check your histogram. What does that tell you?
     
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    well nothing is blinking to show an underexposed area...still it just dosent look right
     
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    The exposure looks pretty much right to me. As dave suggested, using fill flash or something to get some additional light into the darker areas of the boy's face would fix the problem.
     

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