un·​der·​ex·​pose | \ ˌən-dər-ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce underexpose (audio) \
underexposed; underexposing; underexposes

Definition of underexpose

transitive verb

: to expose insufficiently especially : to expose (something, such as film) to insufficient radiation (such as light)

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underexposure \ ˌən-​dər-​ik-​ˈspō-​zhər How to pronounce underexpose (audio) \ noun

Examples of underexpose in a Sentence

The film was underexposed and the pictures came out too dark.
Recent Examples on the Web Often, if too much bright sky gets into the scene, the camera’s meter will try to prevent it from blowing out and will then underexpose the subject’s face. Popular Science, "Sony tried to build the perfect camera for YouTubers," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of underexpose

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Underexpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underexpose. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underexpose

: to allow too little light to fall on (film in a camera) when you are taking a photograph

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