Why Blacks Rule

Adjust the Blacks

Moose Peterson is all about the black levels in his images. He often underexposes by a minimum of -1/3 stop, even down to 3 stops. Here’s Moose’s Mantra:

– Blacks make for better color

– Blacks make elements look sharper

  • – Blacks add mystery taping into the viewer’s imagination
  • – Blacks from underexposure protects some highlights
  • – Blacks make for more drama and romance

Most editing programs have a specific slider dedicated to this. But Moose actually says that you can “bring all this magic to your photography by buying nothing, learning nothing—just underexposing…”

Photo by Moose Peterson


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