Very disappointed with Canon T4i (650D) - over-exposed/washed out pictures

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
Pete4
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Re: Very disappointed with Canon T4i (650D) - over-exposed/washed out pictures
In reply to sailaway78, Dec 10, 2012

What metering are you using? smaller bird against very bright sky, or dark forest would call for spot metering, except that camera is expecting 18% (I think it's 18%) gray, so all black or all white bird would cause wrong exposure even with spot metering.  Your monitor could also need some calibration as well. One way to check if something is in a ballpark or way out of whack: some paint programs have auto exposure correction, load few evenly exposed pictures from your camera into such program and apply auto exposure, does it change a lot or not? Also download few pro pictures from internet and see how those get auto corrected  (mostly those will have no correction applied since I would assume they would have proper exposure already).

Looking at RGB curve right after taking a picture will also tell you if the exposure was even or biased to one side. In some more difficult cases metering will always be wrong and manual compensation will be required by the user, but mostly it should work fine, at least that's how it is with my cam.

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