Interpreting your camera's reflective light meter
These orange slice photos illustrate what properly exposed photographs should look like. Note that in the properly exposed
image (center), detail is visible in the highlight areas, as well as in the shadows. Once film ISO is properly set, aim your
camera at the subject, and alter the shutter speed and/or aperture until the metering scale indicates proper exposure (0) in this case.
The overexposed image has that "washed out" or "blown out" look. There is no detail visible in most areas of the
image. It is too bright. Not a pretty picture.
The underexposed image is too dark to see good detail. The shadow areas are completely lacking in detail. Also not a
These images attempt illustrate what your light meter scale might look like as seen through your