Breaking bad habits: how to add variety to your landscape photography portfolio

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 06/09/2013 00:01am

    Getting the right exposure

    How to add variety to your landscape portfolio: get the right exposure

    By using the histogram display, and exposure compensation, Jenny has produced a much more accurately exposed image than before

    First of all, Jenny needs to get to grips with exposure and using the histogram. With the camera in Aperture Priority mode and on a tripod, I get her to select an aperture of f/22, to keep the whole scene sharp, and take a test shot.

    Reviewing this shot reveals that because the dark foreground of the wood takes up two-thirds of the scene, the camera has overexposed the scene, as the histogram is bunched to the right of the graph.

    I get Jenny to set the exposure compensation to -0.7, which gives a much more even distribution on the histogram.

    Changing the composition so that the light coming through the trees dominates the composition produces the opposite result, with the camera underexposing the image.

    This time, Jenny sets the exposure compensation to +1 to correctly expose the shot.

    PAGE 1: Breaking bad landscape photography habits
    PAGE 2: Getting the right exposure
    PAGE 3: Exploring shallow depth of field
    PAGE 4: Experiment with shoot long exposures
    PAGE 5: Three filters for shooting at slower shutter speeds
    PAGE 6: Shot of the Day


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    Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Landscape, Photography Tips.

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