Definition: Application of more radiation to a sensitive material than needed for its proper exposure. * Proper or correct exposure being determined by the material and its intended use. * With negative-working materials, the resulting image appears more dense than normal; with marked overexposure, there is noticeable density in shadows and blocked highlights. * With positive-working materials, the image appears lighter than normal; with marked overexposure, shadows are filled, and there are no black tones.

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