In photography, refers exposure range the difference between the lightest and darkest areas of a motive , the one type of film can still play.
If the exposure range is exceeded by the subject, the brightest area is only reproduced in an undifferentiated white and / or the darkest area is only reproduced in an undifferentiated black, i.e. H. the lightest and / or darkest areas in the image no longer show any drawing .
The exposure range is usually specified in the unit “ f-stops ”.
Slide films have a small exposure range of around four to six f-stops. Negative films have a much higher exposure range and can reach ten to twelve f-stops, whereas black and white negatives usually have a larger exposure range than color negatives and can reach up to fourteen f-stops. Photo paper, on the other hand, only achieves a lower exposure range of five to six f-stops. The sensor of a good digital camera today can achieve around nine to ten f-stops, professional models also achieve up to sixteen f-stops.