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To overexpose or underexpose? That is the question

I recently had a friend ask me what the difference is between underexposing and image and overexposing. Why do you do it and when? Is there a rule to follow when exposing your images?


Let’s start with the basics. What is underexposure? By definition, an underexposed image is where too little light was recorded. The image is considered to be too dark, and it lacks detail in certain areas. Only the brightest parts are easy to make out.


An overexposed image is a complete opposite. The image is too bright, oftentimes blowing out the detail in the highlights and shadows. This makes your images sometimes unpleasant to look at due to the brightness.

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