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)

Other Words from underexpose

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 Bright, reflective snow can trick your light meter, causing auto exposure to underexpose and create gray snow. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 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, 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 3 Jul. 2022.

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