Editing Your Photos Is Essential — The Basics

Page 1:  Correct Underexposed Images

The Basics  The basics of photo editing are often reduced to three elements: exposure, focus, and color. On Warren Camp Design photo editing pages, Warren covers the importance of exposure correction. Many more elements and techniques are described on the WCD photo editing pages in the left column.

Salvaging poorly exposed images  Photography is the art of recording light. What if a photo you've taken suffers from problematic exposure? It may be too dark and dull (underexposed) or too bright with colors and image details washed out (overexposed). Photo editors know how to retrieve details lost in an overexposed image or accentuate features in an underexposed image. Adobe Photoshop isn't magic; but an experienced editor can use it to adjust the density of light to bring back essential details lost through improper exposure settings.

  •  Underexposure: Causes and effects  Shooting in a dimly lit space; standing too far from a subject; setting a camera's shutter speed (the length of time the shutter stays open) too fast can cause underexposure. Details often get lost in the shadows.
  •  Overexposure: Causes and effects  Shooting in bright light, such as noonday sun or an excessive amount of flash or artificial light causes overexposure. Results include loss of detail, with flat, washed-out, light areas. Remember: colors should be fully saturated, not faded; white areas should hold details.

Underexposure correction samples that Warren made to improperly exposed images are shown below. Don't miss seeing his overexposure correction page.


Underexposed Image Corrections


First Underexposure Correction  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how
Warren corrected the original underexposed photo of a crested, long-billed worm-eater bird.

Before and after shots of an underexposed image that Warren corrected of a long-billed worm-eater bird.


Second Underexposure Correction  Move your cursor on then off this image to see
how Warren corrected the original underexposed photo of two Kenyan children.

Before and after shots of an underexposed image that Warren corrected of two young Kenyan children.

Photo credit: Andrew Fisher



Third Underexposure Correction  Move your cursor on then off this image to see
how Warren corrected the original underexposed photo of two African lions.

Before and after shots of an underexposed image that Warren corrected of two African lions.

Photo credit: Andrew Fisher



Fourth Underexposure Correction  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how Warren
corrected the original underexposed photo of snow-covered mountain slopes.

Before and after shots of an underexposed image that Warren corrected of snow-covered mountain slopes.


Fifth Underexposure Correction  Move your cursor on then off this image to see how Warren
corrected the original underexposed evening photo of an abandoned bus in a junkyard.

Before and after shots of an underexposed image that Warren corrected of an abandoned bus in a junkyard.

Photo credit: Brian Matiash





Page 1:  Underexposure Correction    |    Page 2 : Overexposure Correction


In addition to the exposure corrections shown on these two pages,
see the large collection of WCD's photo edit pages in the left column.




Don't wait any longer to showcase your photo presentations. Contact Warren Camp Design today, at 209-795-7661, to discuss your upcoming campaign and learn how Warren can utilize his digital artistry skills to enhance and give prominence to your photos.