Experimenting with under and overexposed photos can be interesting to see what lighting effects you can get.

Underexposed means that the sky is exposed but the face is not. While it creates a good contrast, it might not be the way you want to go.

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Here we have overexposed where the face is exposed and the sky is not. The light is bold but it isn’t a very appealing look. Finding a good in-between is the best way to go for this look.

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I used a speedlight to get a good balance to the light that was being received. You can notice that his face and also the sky has a good balance of light that is spread around the whole photo.

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Check out these other examples of over and underexposed images.