It’s a fact that getting proper exposure is one of the toughest things to get right when it comes to taking photographs. There are seemingly a million and one factors capable of impacting exposure:
– The type of lighting
– Whether the subject is moving
– Shutter speed
– ISO sensitivity
In simple terms, underexposure is when you take a photograph that turns out to be too dark. It is more than a little frustrating to take what you think is a nice picture only to upload it on the computer and find it is dark and underexposed. It is a common occurrence when shooting on ‘Auto’ with modern day cameras.
Although these sophisticated cameras tend to do very well with exposure, they can be confused on occasion as they can’t tell whether the person being photographed is supposed to have light or dark skin. For example, if you are shooting a photo of a light skinned individual, there’s a chance the image will be too dark. If you are taking a photo but there is a lot of light behind your subject, your image may end up underexposed.
Even worse is the fact that underexposed photos could look even darker when printed than they do on our computer screens. It’s a good idea to reduce the brightness of your monitor to prevent this from being an issue.
In the world of photography, it’s said that you’re better off overexposing a photo (making it too bright) than underexposing it because you can keep everything in the frame looking sharp when you get round to reducing exposure (though some professionals disagree).
However, there are occasions when underexposure is almost guaranteed. For instance, if you’re taking photos at a night club or at a concert, your subjects will be moving and the lighting will be dim. If you find yourself looking to take great photos on a night out, reduce the damage if you can by using the widest f-stop your lens is able to reach and ensuring ISO sensitivity is at its maximum level.
Look at the ‘Before’ image above for a typical example of an underexposed photograph. For most people, that picture is unuseable and they would be tempted to simply throw it away or else they would overexpose it in Photoshop to the point where the image is worthless anyway.
With PinkMirror you can completely take the guesswork out of brightening and toning. It offers automatic color saturation so you don’t have to spend hours desperately trying and failing to get the right look with your underexposed images.
In the ‘After’ image above you can see how smooth the photograph looks as it has been brightened and toned to perfection without the noticeable harsh filters you often notice in botched jobs.
If you have taken what you think could be a great picture only for it to be underexposed, use PinkMirror to make your images 5 times more attractive with just a few clicks of a button.