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Exposure and Understanding the Histogram, Second Edition by Andrew S. Gibson

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The Three Exposure Scenarios

As a photographer, you will encounter three basic lighting scenarios. Your approach to exposure depends on which scenario you are facing.

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Scenario 1

The Subject Brightness Matches the Dynamic Range of the Sensor

Your camera sensor’s dynamic range is defined as the brightness range it is capable of recording without losing any detail in the highlights or the shadows. Dynamic range varies from camera to camera and is difficult to measure. But the histogram will tell you when the brightness range of the scene matches the dynamic range of your sensor. It does so when the histogram stretches from one side of the graph to ...

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