Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you’re smarter than your camera

    | Photography for Beginners | 17/12/2013 00:01am
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    Photography for beginners: 03 The scene is very bright or very dark

    Photography for beginners: 03 The scene is very bright or very dark

    A camera’s general-purpose metering system, often called Evaluative, Matrix or Multi-zone metering, expects to see a scene of ‘average’ brightness.

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    In many cases it will deliver excellent result, however problems can arise if a scene is predominantly dark or bright.

    The camera will suggest exposure settings that make large parts of the image a midtone, so if the scene is very dark it will suggest an exposure that will brighten it, making it overexposed.

    Conversely, if the subject is very bright, the camera will suggest settings that underexpose it so it looks like a midtone and is darker than it should be.

    In these situations you need to keep an eye on the histogram view and take control over the exposure either by using the exposure compensation facility or switching to manual exposure mode.

    Photography for beginners: 01 You know what you’re shooting
    Photography for beginners: 02 The subject isn’t the closest object
    Photography for beginners: 03 The scene is very bright or very dark
    Photography for beginners: 04 The subject is backlit
    Photography for beginners: 05 You’re shooting a macro subject
    Photography for beginners: 06 Shooting in warm/cold light

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    Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography for Beginners.

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