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EM1 underexposed pictures

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by harryzgnilek, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. harryzgnilek

    harryzgnilek Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Jul 19, 2013
    Hi all

    Just upgraded to the EM1 from the EPL5 and EP5
    When viewing the photos (jPEg and Raw) they all look underexposed
    I checked all the obvious exposure settings.
    anyone else have this issue?

    all photos need to get auto toned in lightroom
    thnaks
     
  2. photo_owl

    photo_owl Mu-43 Regular

    164
    Nov 8, 2013
    it would help to show an OOC image with confirmation of -

    1. Metering area setting
    2. AF area, inc whether FD is on
    3. (obviously) whether any EV adjustment was selected when shooting!
     
  3. harryzgnilek

    harryzgnilek Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Jul 19, 2013
    test.jpg
    here is the pic

    thanks
    just reduced the size
     
  4. JamieW

    JamieW Mu-43 Veteran

    260
    Oct 25, 2013
    You're currently set up for Center Weighted metering, which uses a smaller portion of the image to meter your images and gives more weight to the center of the image. Try setting it to ESP metering and comparing. I think you'll get better exposures. I leave mine on ESP unless I have a reason to switch to center weighted / spot.

    Edit: From the manual, which explains ESP metering better than I can. :)

    The camera meters exposure in 324 areas of the frame and
    optimizes exposure for the current scene or (if an option other
    than [OFF] is selected for [I Face Priority]) portrait subject.
    This mode is recommended for general use.
     
  5. photo_owl

    photo_owl Mu-43 Regular

    164
    Nov 8, 2013
    on the basis of your metering, as outliined by Jamie, try cropping this image to a centre square of about 1500x1500 pixels, then look at the histogram.......basically it's doing what you have asked it to do if you have used CW metering on this image.
     
  6. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    It doesn't look terribly underexposed. If the shadows were brought up, my guess is there might be some clipping. For landscapes, I typically do ESP metering. For Portraits I do center weighted.
     
  7. harryzgnilek

    harryzgnilek Mu-43 Regular

    48
    Jul 19, 2013
    thank you guys , i will try esp
    on my 5d2 i always used centre weight