Starsphinx Posted March 12, 2019 Share Posted March 12, 2019 To take this off another thread where it was diverting from the subject (see "is Alamy turning into a microstock" for background) I have had a problem with underexposing. It was pointed out early on and I took steps and made changes to try and improve - and believed I had for the most part succeeded. When the new categories came in I put in for a portfolio critique and was told my snow pictures were still underexposed. With the advice given I had a play around and saw what people meant. I had been working with histograms towards the middle to avoid blowing highlights - thanks to @Matt Ashmore for the video on that. I will point out in mitigation I see snow about 2 days every 3 or 4 years and have not taken it before. So onto the "is Alamy" thread where I managed to inadvertently seem to upset several people and it was implied that a lot more than just the snow shots from my latest uploads were still underexposed. I am starting this thread to reply to and thank @Marianne for her advice. To expand I do not have a "proper" monitor I am working off an old flatscreen TV which I have as calibrated as I get it regards brightness etc. Getting a new decent monitor of the IPS type is about the top of my "major purchase" list - however, the point at which funds will be available is not set. So I was looking back through my last upload excluding snow shots - and here is the rub. I do not see the shots as underexposed. The histos are central actually already to the right on most - the couple that isn't are actually dull dark situations and are not supposed to be bright. The appearance of the shots is as I would submit to photoclub competitions and I have not been told I have a problem with underexposing there. So is there a need with stock to actually increase exposure beyond a normal amount? Am I suffering from Brit syndrome where I am so used to everything looking dull at this time of year? How much of exposure is opinion and how much is solid fact? And are my latest photos really as bad as my first ones? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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