It’s not secret that from time to time, I get things totally wrong when taking a picture. One happy little accident that sometimes happens is that I take over exposed photos.

The Beauty of Over Exposed Photos


The thing with photography is that there are seldom any true right and wrongs. Technically, yes, this was way over exposed. But, we get to play beyond what the technical side of the photography tells us- because photography isn’t technical, it’s creative. Sometimes when we focus so much on the technical side, we turn photography into something akin to accounting.

I can’t say I planned this shot at all. It’s been dark and dreary here all month long. This picture was taken the only day in which we had sun all day long- it was a glorious day. But, as such, I never noticed I didn’t take my camera off my concert shooting settings- aka really dark lighting settings. Oops! Bad Photographer! Good Mistake! Inspiration!

This image makes me want to go out on a little adventure and shoot only over exposed photos- just to see what I get and get a feel for when I want to shoot more over exposed. Hmm. . . I feel a creative adventure coming on this week. Better check the weather now!

Photography Tip: When you get done shooting and get ready to set the camera down, always return your camera to the same settings. This way, you always know where you are at when you pick up the camera again.

That’s what caused this shot- and some frustrations afterwards wondering why my camera wasn’t behaving as expected- Duh! Shooting concerts and shooting flowers on a sunny day- two totally different shooting scenarios. I typically shoot in Aperture priority mode and it’s not often I get such over exposed shots. . . but in this case my ISO was cranked all the way up from shooting Lucero, Twin Forks, and Ryan Bingham. Typically, I try to leave my camera set for more normal low light settings- Aperture mode, F/1.8 or the lowest my lens will go, and ISO around 800. It gives me a start that will most often still work on sunny days. I go with those settings because those are the ones I’m most likely to grab my camera and take pictures at in a hurry. Of course, that’s not where my camera was, because I didn’t change my settings when we came back to our ordinary lives (and because of all the gloomy days, it hadn’t really been a big deal.)