Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Metering and composition, part of Introduction to Photography.
- So I've got my shot framed up. I have pressed the shutter button and found that focus was correct, and that's where we left off in our last exciting episode. Really building up suspense around this silly flower picture. Anyway, there's something else I need to do before I mash that button down the rest of the way, and that is to double check my shutter speed and aperture. We're not going to talk too much about aperture, actually we're not going to talk at all about aperture in this course, that's a more sophisticated topic that you're going to want to cover in Foundations of Photography: Exposure. But I am going to pay attention to shutter speed, because it's windy out here.
The flower is moving around. I want to be sure that I've got a shutter speed that's really going to freeze motion, something really fast. It's bright daylight, so this probably is not an issue, but just to be sure, I'm going to check. Alright, my shutter speed is coming in at one 1600th of a second. That's ridiculously fast, that's definitely going to freeze motion. If it was coming in at a 60th of second, maybe if there was cloud cover and the breeze was a little stronger. At a 60th of a second, even a 125th of a second, I might be a little bit worried about the image being sharp, in which case I would need to take some action.
Again, you'll learn more about that in the exposure course. For now though, I want you to start developing that habit. A lot goes on when you press the shutter button, when you half-press the shutter button. You've got to really just have it in your head that, is focus OK, yes, is shutter speed good, yes. Later you'll learn some other settings you're going to want to keep track of. Don't worry, that doesn't mean that you have to do that on every single frame. I could shoot a bunch out here under the same light and know that my exposure concerns are probably going to be fine. I know that the camera's going to meter at a 1600th of a second on just about anything I'm shooting around here.
So I only need to check it that first time, until the light changes. If it was a cloudy day and things were moving through and the Sun was coming and going, I'd need to be more vigilant. As it is, I think I'm actually good to go. I think I'm ready to take this shot. So for about the fifth time now, I'm going to frame up my shot, and focus, and grab it, and I'm still not going to let you see it. You got to wait until the next movie, because I have a lot to say about image review.
Then it's time to take to the field and examine the rest of the factors that influence the quality of your photographs, including light metering, focus, composition, and flash. Ben also introduces techniques for shooting portraits and shows what you can do with an image editor in post. Last but not least, he'll provide a roadmap for learning more with the lynda.com extensive library of photography training. The path to becoming a better photographer begins with the first step. Start here!
- Exploring cameras and lenses
- Understanding media
- Controlling exposure
- Composing with autofocus
- Shooting portraits
- Understanding form and geometry
- Exporting and editing digital images