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  1. #1
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    why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    I always make sure the meter is balanced on 0. But the histogram says they are underexposed.


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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Histograms don't 'say' anything is underexposed. It's merely a graphic representation of the brightness of the total sum of pixels in an image. It's up to the photographer to interpret the histogram as it applies to both the scene as well as the desired results.
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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deanie View Post
    I always make sure the meter is balanced on 0. But the histogram says they are underexposed.
    Welcome. Always balancing the meter on 0 will not always give you the correct exposure. Take for example a snow or a night scene. Check out exposure compensation. Also it can depend on which metering mode you are using.

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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.
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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Welcome,we do need more detail, what mode are you using, what metering are you using,and it would be helpful to see results complete with exif.
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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Here is an example. Matrix metering, center-weighted, 1/400 (he was walking), F.2.8, ISO 100. I had the mark at zero and applied no exposure compensation. I guess I was wrong in thinking that if the mark is centered at zero, the image would be correctly exposed.
    Last edited by Deanie; 07-31-2019 at 01:09 PM.

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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deanie View Post
    Here is an example. Matrix metering, center-weighted, 1/400 (he was walking), F.2.8, ISO 100. I had the mark at zero and applied no exposure compensation. I guess I was wrong in thinking that if the mark is centered at zero, the image would be correctly exposed.
    We need to see the image.
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  8. #8
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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deanie View Post
    Here is an example. Matrix metering, center-weighted, 1/400 (he was walking), F.2.8, ISO 100. I had the mark at zero and applied no exposure compensation. I guess I was wrong in thinking that if the mark is centered at zero, the image would be correctly exposed.
    I cannot figure out how to upload an image ... choosing "insert image" didn't work. So sorry, maybe someone can help here. It was an image of a man, looked dark.

  9. #9
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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    You may need to downsize the image so the file size is below the maximum the forum allows.
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  10. #10
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    Re: why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?

    why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?
    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    You may need to downsize the image so the file size is below the maximum the forum allows.
    why are my pictures underexposed while shooting in Manual?-nik_0269fb.jpg





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