Capture your images in RAW, monitor your histogram and make one or two variations in your exposure settings of the same scene. As Andy Brown explains, it is important to get the exposure right
The uninitiated could be forgiven for thinking a photograph’s exposure balance is governed purely by prevailing conditions during the shoot. In reality, there is often a remarkable amount of scope to change the mood and feel of an image by pitching your exposure just so. Yes, a little too much or too little will render a scene over- or underexposed – often irrevocably, but don’t be afraid to experiment in order to realise your own creative vision.
It’s possible to push the boundaries a little, providing you carefully survey the variation of dark and light tones within the viewfinder and act accordingly – sometimes, you can sacrifice a little of the darker tones in order to preserve the lighter ones, and vice versa. Save both, if you can, but don’t work too slavishly to the rulebook! Typically, you will want to maximise the exposure length in order to…
Read this and many more articles in High Definition in-side Issue 53 of Landscape Photography Magazine.