52 Week Project | Exposure | Week 5

Whoop, whoop, it’s Friday!

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the 52 Week Project and the project has changed quite a bit. The project is now focused on a more technical aspect of photography.

This week’s theme is exposure: optimize your raw exposures.

The idea is to create the best photo in camera. You want it to have highlights that show detail and shadows that show detail. Anything too light or too dark and you will lose data.

We are supposed to turn on a feature in our camera that shows the “blinkies” when you take a photo. The blinkies are a warning that a highlight is overexposed, you can see below where the red arrow is pointing the black portions show you what’s overexposed. If you look at the photo on the back of the camera without that feature turned on you can miss that assuming a portion of the photo is white instead of overexposed. That happens frequently with snow, or white fur.

I admit that I rarely turn this feature on, I find it annoying. If I’m taking a photo of something that is white on white, I might turn it on but most of the time I’m just very careful with my exposure and sometimes shoot a tiny bit darker in light situations to avoid missing data.

Example of the blinkies.
Example of the blinkies on Canon

This is a photo of Boo in his dog house. It snowed two days ago and you can see the snow is still like fresh powder. Boo only goes into his house for snacks. He’s an inside dog, he’s sleeping under my desk right now, but we got the house thinking he might like it in the summer to stay cool. Not so much. So now I bribe him with snacks to get in there if I want to take a photo of him in it and he usually stands  just inside and and pokes his head out.

Anyway…. this photo is straight out of camera. It had a tiny amount of blinkies on the left hand side in the snow but when I changed the aperture it was a little too dark and the snow was a bit gray. I made the choice to use this photo instead of the other. I’m ok with a tiny bit of detail missing in snow if Boo Radley isn’t underexposed.

Straight out of camera
Straight out of camera

This is the same photo with some small edits. I lowered the highlights, removed some eye boogies, and brightened up his face a tiny bit.

With minor edits.
With minor edits

I wanted to try it again with flash. You can look at the first photo above to see how many blinkies there were in the photo. I would have changed the settings to get rid of a few of them but my husband came home and Boo ran out of the dog house. There is no treat better than dad coming home. Just goes to show you sometimes it’s more important to get the photo instead of making it perfect. But, if you have time and a patient model it’s great to try it again.

Flashing Boo in his dog house straight out of camera
Flashing Boo in his dog house, straight out of camera.

Here is the same photo with some minor edits. I decreased the highlights, and cleaned up Boo’s eye boogies.

Flashing Boo Radley in his dog house with edits
Flashing Boo Radley in his dog house with edits

This is my favorite photo of Boo Radley in his dog house. It was from a previous blog about symmetry. I love the fence in the background, the snow falling off the roof and Boo giving me that very focused treat face.

Symmetry in dog photos
Symmetry in dog photos

Up next is Spotty Nose Pet Photogray, Los Angeles, CA.


Have a great week!


Author: StinkDogPhotos

Howard County, Maryland pet photographer, StinkDog Photos. We take stinkin' cute photos of your pet!

4 thoughts on “52 Week Project | Exposure | Week 5”

  1. Boo is adorable in his dog house. I love how your final images illuminated the inside of his castle. ;O)

  2. Glad you’re back! I’ve missed seeing Boo. Stay with us if you can cause the really fun stuff is coming up next… Love the flash shots. And your edits!!

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