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

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to 007peter, Dec 10, 2012

007peter wrote:

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

without ALO

from on ALO OFF

with ALO

from 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:


The auto lighting optimizer setting is what I've seen get the blame for washed out photos before. I bet the OP had this turned on.

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