Photography Articles: Photographic Exposure
Get great photos with perfect exposure - every time! Learn how to meter light to capture photos that are both properly exposed and creatively stunning! Learn all about exposure before you head out to photograph your favorite subjects.
- Digital's Exposure Challenge: Preventing Blown-Out Highlights
by Jim Zuckerman
How to avoid losing all detail in your scene's bright areas!
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- Getting Creative with Close-ups: Depth of Field
by Kerry Drager
In scenes with depth - i.e., foreground and background - you can easily alter the entire look of your photograph by simply changing the aperture or focusing point! Often, with stationary subjects (in which there's time to experiment), I'll try different combinations to see which "look" that I prefer.
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- Putting the Focus on Hyperfocal Focusing
by Tony Sweet
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- Photography Exposure Basics: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
by John H. Siskin
Photography is a language; it has syntax and structure like English. As with a language, there are many ways to understand how to use the language. Most people learn something about this structure when they get their first real camera, and immediately forget this information. This tends to be an eyes-glazed-over experience - too bad. Unfortunately, most people never come back to this information when it would make more sense. It is much easier to understand something when you have an application for it.
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- The Most Useful Exposure Override
by Peter K. Burian
Just like film cameras, digital cameras do not always make a perfect exposure. When the subject is light-toned (a snowy landscape, for example), the camera tends to underexpose. The image may be too dark. Conversely, if your subject is very dark-toned (a black cat, for example) the camera is likely to overexpose. The image will be too bright. These problems occur because the camera's light metering system is "fooled" by an unusually light-toned or dark-toned subject.
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- Nature Photography Close-Up Encounters: The Art of Selective Focus
by Kerry Drager
The wonderful world of macro nature photography transports viewers into a dazzling land of miniature subjects. But shooting an extreme close-up also means dealing with a great challenge: a surprisingly narrow depth of field (what is in sharp focus from front to back in the final image).
Nonetheless, macro's depth of field side-effect also offers a creative opportunity. You can produce painterly images that rely more on soft forms than on sharp details. In fact, with a little practice, you'll soon find that a super-shallow depth of field is something to cheer about, rather than something to complain about!
Here are a few tips, tricks, and techniques for getting started with your close-up nature photography.
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- Controlling Backgrounds in Macro Photography
by Brenda Tharp
At a recent workshop on wildflower macro photography, one of the most common problems that students had was too busy of a background. They wanted everything sharp on the blossom(s), but in getting that looking great, the backgrounds were often too defined and distracting.
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- How to Isolate Your Subject ... With a Wide-Angle!
by Kerry Drager
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