3) The Problems with Dark Backgrounds

If your subject is a much brighter object than the background, say it is a street light or a white object in the sunshine, then you will normally get a correctly exposed subject, but the background becomes very dark and you can struggle to make out any details.


A large area of dark background behind the subject which take up a lot of the picture can cause your subject to become too bright. This has the effect of making your subject look very washed out, with very little detail or definition.


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Ed Mercer

I am the other half of our husband and wife Photography studio with my wife of 41 years Sue. We opened our studio in Danvers, Ma in February of 1979. As members of Professional Photographers of Mass, New England and America, our goal in life is simple – Capture the beauty in every subject and create timeless joy to share. We are still at it after all these years and love what we do as much as when we started. Together we are also teaching and coaching photography, image editing, and the business of photography.

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