On very bright locations like a sunny beach, you will often see that your camera has a tendency to underexpose your images. Another phenomenon that can occur in these conditions is lens flare. Because lots of light hits the front lens elements, these lens elements will light up a little bit and add an offset to the whole image. Use a lens hood to minimize as much lens flare as possible already when you take the photograph. However, lens flare cannot totally be avoided.
• Use the Levels Tool in Capture One to check your images for correct exposure.
• If the Histogram doesn’t reach 230-250, it is often a sign of under exposure. Drag the Highlight Slider to the brightest part of the Histogram
• If the Histogram doesn’t start at 0, it is often a sure sign of lens flare. Drag the Shadow Slider to the darkest part of the image.
Using the Levels Tool
The left image is straight out of the camera and shows both lens flare and some degree of underexposure. The right image is after correction in the Levels Tool.