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

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
007peter
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I know the problem, here is an easy Solution = Turn Off ALO (Auto Light Optimization)
In reply to Omni88, Dec 10, 2012

Hey buddy, I know exactly what you talking about.  My old XSi/450d takes great outdoor photo, but when I upgraded to a newer Canon T1i/500d, all my outdoor photo came back WASH-OUT and OVER-EXPOSED.  As as long time canon shooter, I'm familiar with all the in-n-out of canon, and its not my technique since I'm been taking great photo with canon for a long time.

The culprit is canon's horrible implementation of AUTO LIGHT OPTIMIZATION.

Canon take a (1) properly exposed photo + (2) over-exposed to eliminate any shadows = (3) a badly over-expsoed photograph that is lifeless.

Take a look at this review from ww.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/eos_rebel_t4i-review/print

without ALO

from www.dcresource.com on ALO OFF 

with ALO

from www.dcresource.com on ALO ON

Focus your attention on the TREES & SHRUB on the LEFT.  Noticed:

  • outdoor Trees & Shrub are probably exposed without ALO, but
  • outdoor Trees & Shrub are badly over-exposed with ALO (like a fake HDR)

Solution are:

  • TURN OFF ALO
  • SHOOT RAW
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