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Tip Of The Week

Digital Photography Highlight Warnings 


It's Friday, and I wanted to impart a little quick tip for the weekend to help you all on your photography journey.

This week its all about "highlight warnings"

Highlight warning, often referred to as "blinkies," is a feature in digital cameras, both DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) and mirrorless, that helps photographers identify overexposed areas in their images. When this feature is enabled, areas of the image that have been exposed too brightly and have lost detail will blink or flash on the camera's LCD screen during image playback. This is a helpful tool for photographers to ensure that important details are not lost due to overexposure.

Enabling the highlight warning varies depending on the camera model and brand, but the general process is as follows:

DSLR Cameras:

  1. Turn on your DSLR camera and enter playback mode (usually indicated by a triangle or "Play" symbol on the mode dial).
  2. Navigate to the image you want to review.
  3. Look for an option in the playback menu or settings related to "Highlight Warning," "Overexposure Warning," or similar terms.
  4. Enable the highlight warning. This might involve toggling a setting, like checking a box or selecting an option.
  5. Exit the menu and go back to the image playback. Now, if the image has overexposed areas, those areas will blink or flash when you view the image.

Mirrorless Cameras:

  1. Turn on your mirrorless camera and enter playback mode, similar to the steps for DSLR cameras.
  2. Locate the image you want to review.
  3. Check the camera's menu for options related to highlight warnings or overexposure indicators.
  4. Enable the highlight warning feature as per the instructions provided in the camera's manual.
  5. Exit the menu and return to image playback. The camera will now show blinking or flashing areas in case of overexposure.

It's important to note that the terminology and exact menu navigation might differ among camera brands and models. Therefore, referring to your camera's manual is always a good idea to find the exact steps to enable the highlight warning feature for your specific camera.

By enabling the highlight warning, you can better assess the exposure of your images and make adjustments to your camera settings accordingly to avoid losing important details in areas that are too bright.

Try it out next time you are out!

Have a great weekend

Adam AM Nature Photography