Overexposing Photography

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 imagesNormally, 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:

to a lighter, brighter, prettier this:
Here’s how it works…

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:

 Light. Bright. Beautiful (if I do say so myself).
“Buuutttt, April”, you’re saying, “I use a Nikon”.
No problem!  Use the cheat sheet below from Esther Beazure Photography :
Thanks for reading!  I hope you stop by my blog and visit often! – April housebyhoff.blogspot.com.  My blog is more than just photography!  If you’re into home decor, crafts, or party planning, you might enjoy some of my favorite posts:

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  1. Excellent post! I love how you shared a cheat sheet! Very informative and insightful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. April says:

    I have a Canon camera and all my sports shots are blurry. Any suggestions? Thanks

  3. Your tips & tutes have been so helpful to me using my new Canon camera.I hope you dont mind but can I put a linky link on my blog to yours to spread the word ? Thanks for showing us all your work.xx

  4. Just bought the Nikon D3200 yesterday and I went through every tutorial you’ve done today. I feel like I know my camera pretty well now. That’s for sharing your steps and tips with us. I learned so much!! Definitely sharing your blog with all of my friends!!!

  5. Kara says:

    Thank you so much again Aimee for the tips. They always help me take a better photo!!

  6. R. Joyce says:

    Thanks for this great tip. I am in the process of shooting a home office with very little light. I am so new at photography and there is so much information. So simple tips that make a big impact is my starting ground.

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