What's Better? A little overexposed or a little underexposed?

Started Oct 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
John Deerfield Veteran Member • Posts: 3,142
Re: It depends

mgd43 wrote:

Some people prefer high key (slightly overexposed) others prefer low key (slightly underexposed). There's no right or wrong. It's a matter of taste.

This has nothing to do with my advice, which remains the same. Additionally, high key and low key aren't  by definition over or underexposed. It's the photographers vision to over or under expose an image, usually using middle gray as the reference. A high key image simply has the majority of it's values above middle gray whereas a low key image has most if the values below middle gray, both regardless of whether you are under exposing or overexposing.

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