Hello, and welcome back to Oahu Photography’s blog! In our last blog, we began discussing some of the common problems that amateur photographers face when trying to capture the perfect photograph. One such problem has to do with exposure: underexposure and overexposure. Underexposed photographs are often dark and the details in the shadows are muddy. Overexposed photographs are the opposite: the picture is washed out and the details of the highlights of the photo cannot be seen. Though some slight under or overexposure is needed to get the picture that you want, too much can completely wreck your photo.

In our last blog post, we discussed how to keep the details of the highlights and shadows of your photo and the means for capturing pictures with silhouettes. To read about how to keep the highlights of your photo looking great and get that perfect silhouette photo, read part one of this blog series! Read to learn more? Keep reading!

Common Exposure Problems

Custom White Balance

When you are shooting inside, you are able to control so much more than you can when shooting outdoors—take advantage of this! Shooting inside allows you to custom set the white balance which allows you to get the perfect color balance in all your photographs.

Reducing the Noise

When you take a photograph that needs a long-exposure time, you must be aware of the “noise” in the photograph. Noise can refer to “flecks” or “graininess” that often shows up in these pictures. Shooting in the raw and the editing process later can assist in eliminating the “noise” in these photographs.

Auto ISO

First, we need to define what ISO is. For digital cameras, ISO is used to measure the sensitivity of the image sensor. The same idea is applied to film cameras as well. The more sensitive your camera is to light, the finer the grain of the photograph. Auto ISO “ensures your camera’s ISO is high enough for the shutter speed to be fast enough to avoid any camera shake” as defined by Amateur Photographer. Though a useful tool, when using auto ISO, for the best exposure, be sure to check that the settings will truly help you the picture you want.   

Targeted Meter Readings

When you are setting the exposure for the picture that you are taking, make sure that you are shooting for the subject that you wish to capture. Often times you will have to make adjustments for various parts of your photograph. For example, if you are shooting a landscape, you will need to adjust the settings so that the entire scene is exposed correctly.

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about how exposure can affect the quality of your picture. Though we hope that you can apply what you have learned on our blog to your own photography, it is hard to cover all that we need to in just one or two posts. When you book a tour with us, we are able to give you individual assistance for the specific photographs that you taking. Come enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the world and learn how to capture the breathtaking scenes in front of you when you book a Hawaii photography tour with us!  

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