Using focal points in photography: how to get perfect composition every time

Using Focal Points in Photography: negative space

Using Focal Points in Photography: exposure issues

Using Focal Points in Photography: exposure issues

This shot isn’t just about the little wooden picture, but the pattern of light and shade.

If you’re going to experiment with negative space you need to pay more attention than usual to the exposure values.

Normally, your camera’s multi-pattern metering will measure the light values across many different sections of the scene and attempt to arrive at an exposure that produces a good compromise for the shot as a whole.

In this instance, it will produce more detail than you really want in the shadows (the negative space) and washed-out, overexposed colours in the rest.

What you really want is for the positive parts of the image to be properly exposed and for the shadows to come out black, or not far off.

The easiest way to do this is to switch to your camera’s spot-metering mode (even comparatively basic digital compacts should have this), and base your exposure on an appropriate area.

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