Expose for Highlights
I'd like to have a brief conversation about exposing for the highlights when you're doing your capture. So here's the deal when you're taking your capture and you know you want to do a day for night look if you expose for the highlights look here the picture is super super dark. But when you hit the auto button in light room you can then see all the range you have. This is especially good if you shoot in high dynamic range on the light room camera or even on an iphone as long as you have the HDR function available. This gives you a lot more detail to work with when you end up doing your night day for night look. So whenever possible, remember to expose for the highlights. So how do you expose for highlights while you're capturing? Well generally what you can do is when you click and hold on your image, this little yellow box will show up. And in light room if you slide to the right you will increase the exposure or you slide to left, it will reduce exposure on an iphone, you go up to i...
ncrease exposure and down so it's pretty basic. You can find this easily on your phone. It's just important for you to know to look for it. The other thing I want to talk about in light room, which is awesome is there's these things called overlays. It's the three little dots in the upper right hand corner here and if you click on that little dot, you get an option turned the highlight clipping on. And if you show the highlight clipping, you will see these black and white kind of stripes that vibrate when your highlights are overexposed. It's a great tool to show you what's going on and once you change your exposure, then the lines will disappear. Let me show you what that looks like in an image. So this is an image I was taking a still life and I was overexposed on the one here on the left and down here. You'll see what the result is, the images blown out. Now, you can still salvage the image, certainly, but when you're doing this day for night, it really won't work. So just be really careful about your exposure. Put some tools on like the overlays to help you see what you got, and you'll be really happy with the results.