Behind The Frame Episode 8

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The behind the frame series takes RAW wildlife images, works through the technical specifications of the image and then looks at how the image is edited in Lightroom.

In this episode I look at manual exposure compensation and talk through some examples of under and over-exposing in wildlife photography.

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Very few people can tell you what their passion in life is. Even fewer will be able to tell you that what they do for a living is in fact their passion. My love for the bush and conservation took me on journey which would not only allow me to explore the continent which fascinates me so much, but to share my passion for photography and conservation with others. Be sure to check out my my website and instagram account.

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  1. Dee Roelofsz

    I am loving all of the BTF episodes & I have learnt new things with each one, thank you Andrew!

    This one was particularly interesting given that we are often out in the middle of the day & as always it’s a dilemma as to how to shoot & process images with the bright light! I do use the Exposure Compensation both ways, but must be honest & say I don’t often go for the high key look which is really very cool!

    The under exposing I learnt from Marlon on the Madikwe trip yonks ago & it was one of those invaluable lessons that really helped improve my photography!

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  2. Sallie Anthony

    Andrew, this was a brilliant and so informative ‘ behind the frame’ Grant Marcus from Madikwe was my introduction to Ev and taught me a lot. However watching this I feel that I totally understand it now and shall use both the + and the – with out any fear. Thank you so much.

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  3. DaveT

    Andrew, this concept was very well explained. I sometimes fall foul of the camera over exposing predominantly dark images. The one with the white lion naturally yells out to the photographer not to underexpose because in scenarios with white snow, golden beaches etc, the rule of thumb is to give positive exposure compensation. You very rightly pointed out that in using evaluative (or Matrix) metering the camera is evaluating the whole scene, including the dark background a point that is often overlooked.

    As you rightly point the photographer needs to understand what the camera is doing and how it may interpret the scene based on the subject.

    It’s also worth mentioning that in interpreting the histogram there is a very valuable reason for shooting to the right and having the pixels stacked up on the right. There is more pixel information on the right side of the histogram than on the left (shadows and darks) and that allows for post processing without stretching the pixel information too far. But it is all down to envisioning the end result as in the elephant against the dark wall image, which was wonderful. Therefore, there is most definitely a case for underexposing and having the pixels stacked up on the left of the histogram.

    I think the key point here, and one that you make well, is that photographic vision accompanied by technical knowledge can elevate one’s photography to a higher level.

    Look forward to more of these.
    Dave

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      Andrew Beck

      HI Dave

      Thanks so much for the kind words and comments.

      You’re spot on, there is a lot of talk about ETTR, so much so that people tend to forget about the end goal and their own creative vision.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and there will definitely be more of these!

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