Getting Started: Exposure


Today I’m going to share about “Exposure.”

In the Program Mode you should have an image that looks like a scale of negative and positive numbers centered around a zero… -3-2-1 0 1 2 3… like that.

The exposure will affect two things in your images. Firstly, it will affect the brightness of your image. But, it will also affect the colors.

You see, your camera sets the exposure to make everything a middletone. but colors that are brighter than middle tone will be exposed lower to balance it out o middle tone, just like the darker colors will be over exposed.

Here’s an example…

Focused on the greenery on the opposite side of the river.

Focused om the greenery on the opposite side of the river.

The bottom one with the exposure put up to +1, which was the more accurate of the two photos.

You can also  do a thing called bracketing, where you set your camera to take three pictures (on mine it’s three, some can do five) all with different exposures. Here’s an example of that…

0 exposure.

-1 exposure

+1 exposure.

In this case the +1 exposure was closest to what i was seeing at that time. Although, I’ve got to say, i  LOVE the rich colors of the -1 exposure.

This is Sarah’s Scenes Real Life Photographer.

Lesson: check the color and brightness of your photos, and judge for your self if they need a different exposure setting to achieve what you want.

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