If you’ve just bought your first camera, you’re probably finding a bit of a learning curve in getting up to speed with all of its bells and whistles. Before you get you get started, there are three fundamental concepts you need to understand: how your camera’s shutter speed scale works; how focal length affects your composition; and how your aperture controls what’s sharp.
There’s no one ‘right’ way to use your camera’s exposure system, but here are some strategies we like to use when working with challenging subjects and conditions.
Backlighting is one of the most attractive forms of lighting for photography but it can present a big challenge, not least when it comes to exposure.
Dynamic range is at the heart of exposure theory, and nowadays it’s much easier to measure. However, there are four situations where dynamic range can be an issue for photographers.
Our photography cheat sheet spells out these four common problems with dynamic range and explains what you can do to make sure you get it right.
Discover the secret of exposure blending. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to combine photos to improve skies and achieve perfect balance in high-contrast scenes.
Are you frustrated by landscape images that look too bright or too dark? In our guide on how to expose for landscape photography we answer all of the common questions photographers have about exposure and metering. You’ll learn the basics of in-camera metering and which metering mode to use (and when).
If you’re struggling to get well-exposed images in mixed light, try these simple exposure bracketing techniques to help preserve shadow and highlight detail. In this post we show you how to bracket both manually and using your cameras Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) feature.
Once you know the rules of photography, you’ll be able to use them in creative ways – particularly when it comes to exposure. But breaking the rules of photography doesn’t merely mean getting the exposure wrong. It means deliberately choosing to expose ‘imperfectly’ to create a specific effect. In this tutorial we show you four ways to play with exposure and break the rules of photography and create stunning in-camera effects.
The Exposure Triangle sounds like the name of a complex spy novel, but in reality this is the term used for the three fundamental elements of exposure: aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates the Exposure Triangle and how it affects your camera settings.
Are blown highlights spoiling your landscape photography? Find out in this tutorial how you can use simple Photoshop effects like a Gradient Fill adjustment layer to get more balanced exposures.