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Form time to time, most of us photography enthusiasts mess  up a shot with high or low exposure. Our first instinct might be “oh, crap!” but once you step away from the moment for a bit, you could realize that a tiny bit of “incorrect” exposure isn’t always a bad thing.

See the charts below. They show a fairly significant swing in a typical meter. But, let’s suppose your shots hit less that 1 on either side, or even just the first dot. You have two options:

  1. Easily adjust in basically any editing program.
  2. Go with it because it might just produce a cool shot.

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The photo on the right-hand side is one I took at Station Square in Pittsburgh but I used editing software to make the other two so as to give examples of extremely over and under exposed shots.

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Here are a few shots people just went with or even did on purpose:

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Comments on: "Hey Photographers – Don’t Fret Minor Exposure Issues in Photos" (2)

  1. Great advice , can the editing program do as much as adjusting the shot in the first place ?

    • It is always ideal to get the shot the way you want it first but this type of things is harder with cell phones than traditional camera equipment. The result will be decent though.

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