When taking pics, err darker or lighter?

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Postby TheWetRookie » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:56 pm

Hi All,

When taking pics, I don't always have time to play with settings and getting the lighting right and such due to not being able to hold the dive up too much or not enough time. I also am only just learning how to do corrections in photo shop.

If I was to err in taking the picture, would it be better to be a little darker or lighter when taking the pic?

edit: I should add that I am using a Canon powershot A620 using the raw "hack" program and single sealife strobe.

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Postby bvanant » Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:01 pm

In general, if you can't get it correct in the camera, underexpose a bit. You can lighten things that are too dark but if you have fully blown out highlights you can't darken them easily.
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Postby James » Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:45 pm

It is generally considered better to underexpose a bit as it is easier to bring out detail in dark areas than deal with blown out areas that as a result have no data.

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Postby TheWetRookie » Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:49 pm

Thanks

I have noticed myself that it is easier to adjust a slightly under exposed pic than one that is over exposed.
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