Dynamic Range: what you need to know about capturing all the tones in a scene

    | Photography Tutorials | Tutorials | 12/09/2012 02:00am

    How to measure the dynamic range


    To get the right exposure, you need to know the brightness range you’re dealing with. Here’s how to do it.

    How to measure dynamic range: step 1

    Switch to manual
    In M mode you can note down the exposure readings and choose how you interpet them, rather than relying on the camera’s ideas about correct exposure.


    How to measure dynamic range: step 2

    Choose an aperture
    If you select a specific aperture, you only need to change one variable – the shutter speed – to work out the best exposure. Let’s go for f/8.


    How to measure dynamic range: step 3

    Swap to spot
    Now select the spot metering mode. This takes an exposure reading from a small area around the selected focus point only – so switch to single-point AF mode.


    How to measure dynamic range: step 4Measure the brightest area
    Position the AF point over the brightest area (but not the sun) and adjust shutter speed to centre the exposure bar, here it’s 1/500sec.


    How to measure dynamic range: step 5Measure the darkest area
    Now do the same for the darkest area of the picture and, again, make a note of the shutter speed – this time it’s 1/30sec.


    How to measure dynamic range: step 6Check them on the chart
    If the two readings are no more than 4EV apart (check the table opposite), choose a shutter speed right in the middle – 1/125sec.

    PAGE 1: Checking key areas of your picture
    PAGE 2: High Dynamic Range techniques
    PAGE 3: Scenes that cause problems for dynamic range
    PAGE 4: How to measure dynamic range


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    Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photography Tutorials, Tutorials.

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