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Listening to your camera to get good exposure


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The Practicing Photographer

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Video: Listening to your camera to get good exposure

As photographers we're always worried about seeing and That is not the sound of a nice speedy camera shake reducing shutter.
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  1. 5m 46s
    1. Using your iPad as a second monitor
      5m 46s
  2. 1m 35s
    1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
      1m 35s
  3. 6h 37m
    1. Choosing a camera
      5m 27s
    2. Looking at light as a subject
      2m 22s
    3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
      5m 45s
    4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
      6m 30s
    5. Let your lens reshape you
      7m 26s
    6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
      7m 44s
    7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
      3m 56s
    8. Shooting without a memory card
      3m 6s
    9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
      5m 28s
    10. Working with reflections
      1m 26s
    11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
      7m 25s
    12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
      7m 30s
    13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
      2m 13s
    14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
      4m 15s
    15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
      11m 41s
    16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
      3m 18s
    17. Using a tripod
      3m 33s
    18. Wildlife and staying present
      5m 58s
    19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
      6m 52s
    20. Why Shoot Polaroid
      11m 12s
    21. Seizing an opportunity
      4m 4s
    22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
      12m 24s
    23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
      4m 54s
    24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
      13m 36s
    25. Shooting wildlife
      7m 24s
    26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
      12m 27s
    27. Using a lens hood
      4m 48s
    28. Working with themes
      2m 48s
    29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    30. Processing an HDR time lapse
      7m 55s
    31. Two perspectives on travel photography
      12m 28s
    32. Scanning Photos
      5m 37s
    33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
      3m 13s
    34. Reviewing the egg shot images
      6m 47s
    35. Shooting in your own backyard
      4m 38s
    36. Jpeg iPad import process
      3m 17s
    37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
      9m 34s
    38. Reviewing the product shot images
      4m 5s
    39. Warming up
      3m 26s
    40. Taking a panning action shot
      10m 17s
    41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
      8m 17s
    42. Shooting a silhouette
      3m 9s
    43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
      5m 29s
    44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
      12m 38s
    45. Working with flash for macro photography
      4m 55s
    46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
      5m 10s
    47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
      4m 14s
    48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
      3m 4s
    49. Using Lightroom on the road
      6m 28s
    50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
      2m 20s
    51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
      7m 18s
    52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
      9m 48s
    53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
      6m 41s
    54. Shooting level
      2m 42s
    55. Photoshop and Automator
      8m 54s
    56. Shooting when the light is flat
      3m 23s
    57. Discussing the business of stock photography
      9m 48s
    58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
      3m 21s
    59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
      4m 45s
    60. Understanding the three flash setup
      3m 34s
    61. Shooting a three flash portrait
      4m 6s
    62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
      4m 43s
    63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
      5m 25s
    64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
      4m 43s
    65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
      7m 29s

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The Practicing Photographer
6h 44m Appropriate for all May 16, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2014

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In The Practicing Photographer, photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration. Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.

Subject:
Photography
Author:
Ben Long

Listening to your camera to get good exposure

As photographers we're always worried about seeing and learning to see better and learning to see the world around us and we move through the world trying to see photos wherever we can. This week on The Practicing Photographer we're going to look at how your ear can play a very valuable part in getting better pictures. I've been stomping around out here in the woods shooting fallen logs and kind of landscapey kind of stuff. And because of what I've been shooting I've been in a mode of knowing that I want deep depth of field in most of my shots. So I've got my camera in Aperture Priority mode set it F8. This is a APSIC sensor so F8 is a good balance of, it's going to give me deep depth of field.

And it's not going to be such a small aperture that I get a softening in my image from diffraction artifacts. So I just spotted this moss covered fallen tree with some snow on it and a bright red end here. And I, I've just been so excited to find some color in this otherwise snow covered landscape that I came up here to get a shot of it. So, I've been so shooting with this particular exposure situation that I'm just not even thinking about exposure. And I, I came up and I focused my shot and I took it and I heard this.

Did you hear that? It was a slow shutter sound. Let me play it for you again. That is not the sound of a nice speedy camera shake reducing shutter. Now this lens is stabilized so I'm probably okay, but I've also got so much exposure latitude in here there's no reason to shoot with that slow of a shutter speed. I still want F8 but what my ear is telling me is I need to turn up my ISO. Because right now I'm at ISO 100 because I was out shooting in the sun.

So I'm just going to bump up to 400. That slow shot you just heard was a fifteenth of a second. If I go up two stops that gets me up to a sixtieth of a second. A fifteenth to a thirtieth to a sixtieth. Remember every stop is a doubling. And now I get that sound. Really all I'm worried about here is preventing camera shake. So it's a good idea to pay attention to your shutter sound when you're out shooting. Yes I should've come up here and as soon as I framed the shot taking a look at my shutter speed. That's a habit I'm supposed to have. That's what I'm supposed to be doing all the time but I forget to do that sometimes. So it's nice that I heard. Uh-oh, slow shutter.

I make a small ISO bump. Now my shutter speed is back up. I really don't need to worry about camera shake and I can get my shot.

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