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Originally Posted by slow&rusty View Post
why is it black leather interiors photograph so poorly..they always look older and crustier than they actually are?
Because the light meter in the camera that controls exposure and flash output can't think so it measures the amount of light reflecting off the subject and averages it together with some algorthm or center weighting and adjusts exposure and flash output to average the details in fame to medium gray - halfway between balck and white.

All light reflective light meters for film and digital work this way and they have to because they don't know what you're photographing so in this case it takes the black carpeting and interior and overexposes it so it comes out gray.

This is the same reason a snow scene will also look gray with no exposure compensation dialed into the camera's reflective light meter.

Anotherwords, if you take a black card, a gray card and a white card and fill the camera frame with them and shoot them with a reflective light meter all three cards will come out medium gray... unless you know what you're doing and you dial in exposure compensation.

Or use a hand held incident light meter that measures the amount of light falling on the subject instead of the light reflecting back off it.
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