The one thing you can do with a little point and shoot is adjust the exposure, and I’m doing it constantly.
Mostly I use a -2 exposure for situations where it’s too dark to hand-hold the camera without shake. I have gotten used to this type of darker exposure, and although I use shadow/highlight in Photoshop, I usually don’t opt to lighten it very much, preferring to keep the low key exposures.
Here’s a recent underexposed shot: an artwork by Oursler in the form of an AI (Artificial Intelligence) Bot glass head, the green glass is from Iran.
A different AI Bot by the American artist Oursler. Shots like these would be impossible to shoot without the -2 exposure.
Shooting in the dark without a tripod often leaves some room for improvement – this shot was run through the photo app Stackables formula ‘Sky Glow’ to add interest to the black featureless background. (Note: Stackables is no longer available.)
I can also overexpose on my point and shoot but that I don’t do very often, mostly to brighten up white snow scenes without much contrast.
In the case of this fountain I was trying to fool the camera into giving me a longer exposure to blur the water. That didn’t work, but I kind of liked the resulting high key shot of the fountain, mostly because all the other distracting details that normally creep into this shot are ‘whited out’ so to speak. On another note, there is no way in post production to reintroduce the burnt-out detail back into the shot. Although if my camera was capable of shooting RAW, maybe?
I liked the overexposure so much that I carried on with it at next place on my walk, a bald eagle’s nest in a bit of wild land near the Burrard Bridge. That didn’t seem to work too well so I underexposed it slightly and got a dark busy silhouette of the trees and nest against the blue sky.
I tried to get closer, but unfortunately for me, the city had fenced off the land to give these urban eagles some privacy.
At any rate, the only shot I was able to get was from the Burrard Bridge using digital zoom. Not the greatest shot in that it’s blurred and whatnot, but is probably the ‘correct’ exposure. And the eagle has landed!
More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Exposure.