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Exposure made simple

Exposure made simple

Today’s modern digital cameras have a built in exposure meter and are, for the most part, extremely accurate. Most have some sort of multi-segment or matrix metering that evaluates the scene and comes up with the best exposure for the scene. While they are really good these days, sometimes, you want a little more control […]

Choosing your shutter speed

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Choosing your shutter speed

In the last article, Exposure Made Simple, we discovered a few very important things. First off, modern cameras have a built in method for measuring exposures that are pretty accurate. These built in light meters (check your camera’s manual for to find yours) need to have you input some information to help them work properly. […]

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Choosing your aperture

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Choosing your aperture

The next control to be considered in putting together a proper exposure is the size of the hole in the lens, channeling light through to the recording surface, otherwise known as the aperture. As you focus this hole in the lens is at it’s maximum so as you look through the camera you will be […]

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Setting your ISO sensitivity

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Setting your ISO sensitivity

So we’ve discussed how light enters the camera through the aperture and how we can manage the time this light is allowed to reach the recording surface, the shutter speed, and their various effects. We also know that somewhere in the camera is a light meter (consult your owners manual) that tells you whether or […]

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Putting it all together, correct exposure

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Putting it all together, correct exposure

In the past articles we have learned about the basic controls of the camera including setting the amount of time a recording surface is exposed to light entering in the camera through a hole in the lens of a predetermined size striking a recording surface that has various light sensitivities. Shutter speed, aperture and ISO are […]

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