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How to tell if an image is over exposed

 
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Mar 25, 2012 13:12 |  #1

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Overexposed? Also any tips on how to make the image look better as in any effects or such like?



  
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Mar 25, 2012 14:10 |  #2

I'm not an expert but from my understanding an image, or more precisely, a part of an image, is overexposed when you lose detail that should be there. Your histogram will help but it is the printed, or published (web) image that you are concerned with. In your portrait the area between the models' right eye and ear is overexposed because it lost noticeable detail. The same with her right hand, if you look at the joint for her thumb the bottom of the hand shows the crease in her skin but you lose that when you get just a little higher. Looking at her cheekbones you will notice the subtle contours of her left cheekbone but some of that is lost on the right.
With all that said, it doesn't make it a bad image. It will get picked apart on here sometimes but you see it in magazines and ads all the time, done by high dollar professional photographers. To me this is a great image and I wouldn't change a thing. Probably about 1\3 stop less on your camera left light would have made a difference if you want "by the book" perfect.


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Mar 25, 2012 16:33 as a reply to  @ Nu2this's post |  #3

It is a bit bright on the right side of her face...looks a little soft at her eyes as well. She needs a lot more pictures taken of her.


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Mar 25, 2012 20:14 as a reply to  @ saea501's post |  #4

It's funny the embedded thumbnail image (the original color) in your exif data does not look overexposed. Post the original image and let's see what it looks like?


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Mar 26, 2012 05:46 as a reply to  @ gdykstra's post |  #5

Read your histogram :)


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Mar 26, 2012 10:03 |  #6

tomme wrote in post #14154423 (external link)
Read your histogram :)

If it's heavy right that means there is too much white...but it might be an effect you might be going for..


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tomme wrote in post #14154423 (external link)
Read your histogram :)

That's a good method, can you share how to do this, and would you know if it is available for the canon 5D MK I? Thank you, and the OP for asking these sort of questions!


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Mar 26, 2012 10:31 |  #8

It's almost like coming under a nuclear attack, the flash is bright and you can't see anything. When you overexpose, you cannot gain back ANY detail, in pitch black you can bring back SOME detail but I would not push it! Your histogram is your best friend. Check it and get familiar with the ranges that are permitted for great photographs.

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Mar 28, 2012 10:33 |  #9

Gojira1976 wrote in post #14155494 (external link)
That's a good method, can you share how to do this, and would you know if it is available for the canon 5D MK I? Thank you, and the OP for asking these sort of questions!

press the play button to view your image and then press the info button until you get the histogram.

Im not the best to explain but if you google it you will find some information :)


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Mar 28, 2012 10:42 |  #10

software like lightroom and photoshop, you can hold down the alt key (in windows) or option key (Mac) and adjust exposure, and it should highlight anything that's over-exposed, and you can adjust from there. either reducing exposure or using some recovery to compensate.

I'm not a expert on these softwares. I use lighroom 99% of the time as it's all I need to do minor tweaks and changes.

see attached image for an example. it's a screenshot from a video.


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