Style to underexposure

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  1. Canosonic

    Canosonic TPF Noob!

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    An unknown photographer said a great quote:
    [FONT=georgia, bookman old style, palatino linotype, book antiqua, palatino, trebuchet ms, helvetica, garamond, sans-serif, arial, verdana, avante garde, century gothic, comic sans ms, times, times new roman, serif]One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style. [/FONT]

    Does this fit to underexposure? I have noticed a lot of my photos are underexposured, my camera is always set to do so because i always think the shot is better when its darker, only later , when viewing I wonder if they are too black? Is this OK or should i quit it?
     
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    When your camera is doing it... its user error. When YOU are doing it on purpose to achieve a certain style, that is style.

    I know a photographer that shades most of his things a tinge of green... looks good.
     
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    Underexposure and overexposure are not good words to use.
    You can look at a photo and say that it's underexposed....but if that's how the photographer wanted it to look...is it really underexposed?...or is it exposed perfectly to fit the photographer's vision?

    I suggest that you don't worry too much about it.

    On another note, I usually go for slight over exposure (shoot to the right) to minimize noise.
     
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    Correct quote:
    One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus is user error, one hundred photos out of focus means you throw away your camera.

    :) Kidding. Photography is an art (IMO despite what some people think), and quite a lot of things pass for art. I saw an exhibit almost entirely comprised of motion blur, and not the sharp dragging the shutter kind. The "take a 10 exposure of the city hand held" kind.

    The question is can you find someone else to appreciate that style.
     
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    Indeed. Photography had better darn well be an art, or I'll have to reconsider why the heck I'm doing it. :greenpbl:
     
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    Just refer to it as "low-key", it'll sound so much better, as if you did it on purpose. I tend to shoot a little "low-key" also, but will often go "high-key" with shots of kids and such. I have a really great shot that has nuclear highlights and it's OOF, but it would not have been half as nice without these two No-Nos. And it's a people shot, not rly a portrait, but a "mother-and-chilld" shot. If you want I'll post it to show what I mean.
     
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    Ok, I'll chill down about it. I shoot mostly in Aperture priority and the exposure compensation is usually below zero and in lightroom I usually boost the darks and shadows. Thanks!
     
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    With slide film, it was very common to underexposure about 1/3 of a stop to increase saturation.

    when i began with digital i did that as well, but in the past few years i have changed and now tend to move the exposure to the right.

    Digital reacts much differently than slide film (as well as negative)
     
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    I also shoot right, as though you can save detail in shadows, noise overruns the place.

    Besides, you can recover a lot with RAW nowadays.

    You use a meter? If so, let it be around the 0 to +1 points.
     
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    So half an year past and I found the reason why some of my photos are under-exposed (low-key, dark etc.). My camera screen was uncalibrated. I still lean to make my pictures dark, but not it's not that bad anymore.
     
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    There is a difference between underexposed and using a higher shutter speed to give more contrast. I shoot RAW and if my meter says 1/250 sec will give a proper exposure, I'll shoot 1/320-1/400 not to underexpose, but to give more contrast.

    Since I'm shooting RAW, I can ever so slightly being the image back up as if it were shot at 1/280th or 1/300 but just enough to where its not dark.

    How's your historgram look? post a picture!

    ~Michael~
     
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    ... That goes against all common knowledge of how digital photography works. Everything would indicate that one should expose to the right and then adjust to the left will give you a better image than exposing to the left and adjusting to the right.

    You're the first person I know who's gone against the expose to the right tradition. :?
     

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