Throw Away Info to Make the Photo
As photographers, exposure, that tool we use to tame light in our photos, is of major concern. Exposure can be based on many things, the main one being the story the photographer wants to tell. In the process of making that call are the technical side of exposure, the shadow, and highlight detail. Highlights especially when above a range of light of five stops often mean a loss of information or paperwhite. That loss of information, or “blinkies” as I call the Highlight Warning can send a photographer off to worry land. Are “Blinkies” always a bad thing you need to deal with? Will they hurt your storytelling and take the eye away from your subject?
Shooting in the Smokies last week, I was searching for fall color everywhere as much of it was green or gone right to brown. This one patch of color I found overhead intrigued me. I attached the 105f1.4 on the Z7 and focused on the bottom limb of the red shooting at f1.4. I turned the camera to arrange the elements to minimize the scattered clouds went into the photo, but I didn’t get rid of them all. You can see with the exposure I wanted (+1/3 exp comp), I lost information, got “Blinkies,” went to paperwhite in some portions of the photo (the black area of the bottom photo). Is that a problem? I don’t think so cause the subject, the pattern of the red is what grabs the eye first. We can easily get all involved in what we’re told we should worry about overlooking the story. Remember to take a deep breath and let the photo breath along with you!