I love sharing photography tutorials…lots of simple to understand camera tutorials and photography tips can be found under the photo tab above. Today, I have a special treat…April, from house by hoff is going to share Overexposing Photography, aka lightening and brightening your images. Normally, overexposing yourself in a picture wouldn’t a good thing…but today, it is! I don’t claim to be a professional photographer, but I’ve been asked a time or two about how I take such pretty pictures…especially of my favorite little subject, Miss L. I want to tell you about a recent discovery on my camera (I use a Canon RebelT1i), and how I can make a picture go from something that looks like this:
First Secret: Over Exposing Your Photos
A. I shot both of these pictures in the “P” or “Program AE” mode.
B. In the first photo my Exposure Level Indicator was set on “0”, meaning the camera was automatically adjusting my exposure (or, for you fancy folks, Shutter Speed + Aperture).
C. When I manually adjusted my Exposure to “1”, it let in more light and slightly “over exposed” my shot, giving me a lighter brighter photo. This is especially useful when the light source is behind the subject (like above).
Second Secret: Cross Process Your Photos
I edit ALL of my photos using picmonkey.com. This site has so many effects and editing tools for people who don’t have professional photography training, but know they want pretty photos that look professional (like me!!!!). I used the “Cross Process” effect at 50% to achieve the look I wanted of Miss L eating her apple. I used the same techniques described above during this little impromptu photo shoot: