Over Exposure and Under Exposure of the negative is a common problem in amateur photography. Most old cameras just had a fixed aperture setting that required a certain amount of light to expose the film when the shutter is snapped. That's why you see so many standing portraits taken outdoors, at the side of a house. It was a well lighted venue.
Later cameras had an adjustable aperture, but it was such a pain to remember to set the opening for the prevailing light; large for low light, small for bright light. So there were lots of over/under exposed snaps. Improper exposure usually results in a loss of detail. Many of them were simply tossed out because they weren't "good" pictures.
Over and under exposed prints are not always bad however. Sometimes the results could be rather dramatic as can be seen in some of these examples.
The under-exposed photograph on the right was "brought back" with a little adjustment in Photoshop. The loss of detail is still evident.
This is a part of a series looking at a few examples from Lost Gallery of the seven most common problems of the amateur photographer.
1.) The photographer's own shadow is in the picture.
2.) Forgot to advance the film: The Double Exposure
3.) Blocked the lens with a finger or a thumb or something
4.) Somebody moved, either the subject or the photographer
5.) Not framed right, Missing heads, feet, people
6.) Improper lighting (Overexposed, Underexposed)
7.) Fogged negative from miss-loaded film or a damaged camera.
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