Blowout

Not something we’d want on a road trip but maybe something we can use creatively in our photos.

Blowout is when parts of our photo are totally overexposed. The pixels in the overexposed areas have given up and said, “Too much light, Dude. I’m not going there.” There is no data in blown out pixels. They are just white as white can be.

Most of the time I don’t want blowout. I don’t want areas that I can’t recover if they are too light. Generally, it’s better to underexpose than overexpose but sometime blowout can look cool.

Blowout from shooting into the sun.

The most certain way to get blowout is to shoot directly into the sun. It’s a rather bright light source. Shooting directly into your light source will often produce blowout. You just have to position it in a way that it adds to the composition rather than detracts from it.

Backlighting fog and over exposing to get blowout.

Backlighting smoke, dust, fog, mist etc is also another great use of blowout. It can add some drama to the scene.

Blowing out dust by backlighting.

Be creative. Blowout your photos sometimes and see what happens.

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