10 common exposure problems every photographer faces (and how to fix them)

    | Photography Tips | 10/04/2013 00:01am
    10 common exposure problems every photographer faces (and how to fix them)

    Are you struggling to get well-lit shots? You don’t need any fancy equipment or complex lighting techniques. This guide to the 10 most common exposure mistakes photographers make will show you how to avoid them and start taking better pictures today.

    Photography Basics: the No. 1 cheat sheet for metering and exposure

    | Photography Tips | 11/01/2013 12:01pm
    Photography Basics: the No. 1 cheat sheet for metering and exposure

    Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are three photography basics every photographer must learn, as they are the building blocks of exposure. It’s the exposure meter inside your digital camera that essentially brings them all together. The problem is, cameras can be easily fooled.

    To help you along in your photographic endeavours, our latest photography cheat sheet draws on the key photography basics of exposure to help you bag a well-lit shot no matter where you may be shooting.

    Photographing Snow: the simple way to nail exposure

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 07/01/2013 11:00am
    How to fix metering woes when photographing snow: step 3

    Photographing snow brings a new challenge for many photographers, who struggle to take control of their camera’s metering system amid the winter landscape’s extreme contrast and reflective surfaces. Follow the camera tips below and you’ll soon feel confident exposing your winter landscape photography in any weather.

    Better pictures of fog and mist: adding intrigue to an everyday landscape

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 15/11/2012 11:45am
    Better pictures of fog and mist: the landscape photographer's guide to adding intrigue

    When it comes to weather phenomenon, mist and fog should be applauded as a way of creating atmosphere and adding a sense of mystery to your landscape photography. They provide that special quality that can turn an ordinary photo composition into something extraordinary.

    But to create a striking image these elements need to be handled carefully to prevent the image looking flat or the subject being lost in the fog. Here’s some advice on how best to approach these unique shooting conditions and produce a misty masterpiece.

    Expose to the right: the camera technique every landscape photographer must know

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 07/11/2012 02:00am
    Expose to the right: the one camera technique every photographer must know

    Learning to expose to the right can be one of the most valuable photography tips you learn as a photographer. Our in-depth guide explains exactly why, when and how you should do it.

    What is a histogram? Discover the secret to perfect exposure

    | Photography for Beginners | 17/10/2012 02:00am
    What is a histogram? Discover the secret to perfect exposure

    There’s no need to be embarrassed for asking “What is a histogram?”. While your camera’s histogram is one of the more important tools at your disposal, many photographers are unaware of its capabilities. In this post we’ll answer the question, What is a histogram? And we’ll also answer some of the more common questions around how to read a histogram, where to find it and what you should be looking for on that tiny graph.

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

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 07/10/2012 15:00pm
    Exposure bracketing: how to set up your camera to shoot high-contrast scenes

    Getting exposure right is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when shooting landscapes. Often, you’ll find that the ideal exposure times for the sky and foreground will differ by two to three stops. You can use a graduated ND filter to balance the exposure, but this means having to haul around filters and holders. Your camera’s exposure bracketing function offers a nice compromise that lets you capture all the detail in your high-contrast scenes.

    Shoot sunset photography with perfect colours

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 08/09/2012 07:00am
    Sunset photography tips: optimise your exposure

    There is something truly magical about the warm glow of shooting sunrise or sunset photography. The gloriously intense colours often inspire photographers to pick up their cameras, but how many times of you been disappointed by your results? Use these tips for fine-tuning exposure and white balance so you never again shoot sunset photography with washed-out colours.

    Understanding Exposure: what you need to know about light to take pictures that shine

    | Photography for Beginners | 17/08/2012 02:00am
    Understanding Exposure: what you need to know about light to take pictures that shine

    Understanding exposure can be confusing, so allow us to break it down and start with the basics. When taking photographs, an image is recorded by light reaching your digital camera’s sensor. Here we explain the different ways your camera uses light to produce a well-exposed scene.

    Spot metering: how to find the right area within a scene

    | Photography Tips | 09/07/2012 11:05am
    Spot Metering: how to find the right area within a scene

    Spot metering mode is great for precise exposure readings, and can be a godsend when you’re shooting in tricky light. But the skill lies in deciding which part of the scene to take the reading from in the first place. Practice makes perfect, so try this exercise and see how you do…

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