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    | Photography Tips | 20/02/2013 01:00am

    Camera Exposure Tips

    Exposure bracketing: how to set up your camera to shoot high-contrast scenes

    “Manual gives you total control. Automatic, or semi-automatic, modes like Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, just can’t keep up with the constantly changing lights. I tend to use a fast, wide aperture lens and open it right up to f/2.8. Then I will click the shutter speed up and down, depending on what’s going on.” – John McMurtrie

    “You still need to take a correctly exposed image in-camera. A good image at the beginning of post-shoot editing will always give you a better image at the end of the process.” – Robert Wilson

    “In 99 percent of situations, I am shooting in Manual exposure mode, rather than Automatic, Program or Aperture Priority. By taking control of the camera in this way, you are reducing the chances of getting it wrong, particularly in variable lighting conditions.” – Mark Pain

    “Be aware of your possible exposure settings in varied or changeable lighting. You need to know that if you’re shooting at 1/1000 sec at f/2.8 in the shade, you may need to go up to 1/4000 sec at f/2.8 in the sunlight.” – Mark Pain

    “Set your camera to Program mode for street photography, as you don’t always have time to worry about aperture and shutter speed. But you can still adjust them if you want to.” – Nils Jorgensen

    “If you aren’t confident with manual exposure then learn how to use the Exposure Compensation dial. Use the histogram and make sure you’re getting some spikes on the right-hand side of it – just towards the last sixth of the horizontal axis.” – Dan Carr

    “In a snowy situation a camera will typically under-expose between one and two stops, so it’s far simpler to do it all manually. A very bright day allows you to make a decision as to where your white clipping will occur. Most people will assume you never want to over-expose anything, but I often let things blow out in certain areas. I quite like a high-key look to snowy environments, but that’s a personal choice. There’s no such thing as ‘correct exposure’!” – Dan Carr on shooting in snowy conditions.

    PAGE 1: Camera gear – and how to use it
    PAGE 2: Photo composition tips
    PAGE 3: Exposure tips
    PAGE 4: Lighting tips
    PAGE 5: Tips for managing your photography workflow
    PAGE 6: Tips for selling your photos
    PAGE 7: Photography tips for shooting in the field
    PAGE 8: Final photography tips to remember


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    Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips.

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