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Exposure and Understanding the Histogram by Andrew Gibson

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Exposure and Understanding the Histogram

Introduction

You’ll see some of the best examples of the creative use of exposure at the cinema. For example, when I watched the film ”The King’s Speech,” I was struck by how dark the opening scenes were. For me, it’s not a great look—it’s not flattering to the actors, and there was no oomph or sparkle to the scenes. If a photographer took photos at the same brightness, I wouldn’t hesitate to say they were underexposed.

I don’t know why the movie was shot the way it was, but I’m sure the movie’s producers knew what they were doing. It just goes to show how subjective the question of exposure is. What looks underexposed to me may be correctly exposed according to someone else.

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