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ANY tips on how to shoot underexposed photos like this?

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I believe the easiest way would be to switch to manual mode and just slightly underexpose the shot. Also, in an auto mode, you can use the exposure compensation dial to underexpose. Exposure for this image looks to be for light falling on the subject from the window. She just happens to be leaning in and has moved her face out of that exposure range (her shoulder looks properly exposed). If she sat upright, the let side of her face would be properly exposed. The kitchen would remain darker as the window light is "falling off."

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Yes, manual exposure or automatic and the exposure compensation dial, also using spot metering on her face as it is lighter than the background

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On 7/20/2020 at 12:53 PM, Ish said:

Yes, manual exposure and the exposure compensation dial, also using spot metering on her face as it is lighter than the background

The exposure compansation dail don't work in manual mode, only in automatic mode.

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On 7/29/2020 at 6:11 PM, fotoroger said:

The exposure compansation dail don't work in manual mode, only in automatic mode.

You have to setting at least your Iso in auto

Edited by LoloXpro1

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I guess your goal is to have the face stand out and the background 'disappear' in the shadows. Spot metering can be tricky since it very much depends on where you aim. There are great differences in luminosity in the face. If you need perfect exposure there are two options:  (1) meter on a grey card near the face and fix that reading in manual mode or (2) use a separate light meter for ambient light reading near the face. Both options are a bit cumbersome though. The multi-metering mode of Fuji is quite good and will take the focus point into account. So when you focus on the face and expose, it will know that is the main subject. However, to get the darker shadows, you may want to correct 2/3rds or 1 stop with the exposure compensation. In general make sure you don't overexpose on the left side of the face or on the shoulder, since in post processing it's easier to correct a slightly darker image than an overexposed one.

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