Exposure Is a Creative Tool

White Shed with Dandelions
Philipsburg, Montana

When we are first learning photography, our goals are simple---get a sharp shot and a good exposure. But exposure is also a creative choice. You can decide to make the picture lighter or darker than it appeared to your eye in order to create a particular feeling. Here I adjust the exposure to be quite bright to convey the impression of blinding sunlight shining on this white building. The effect is called high key. 

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