Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding what clipping is in an image, part of Introduction to Photography.
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- In the last movie, I said that your light meter…is always going to pick exposures that will make sure…that you have detail in the highlights,…and it will do that at the cost of the shadows.…The reason for that, is an overexposed highlight,…a blown-out highlight, an area that's gone to complete white…it's really distracting in an image, it's an eye-magnet,…you can't help but look at it.…A shadow that has underexposed to complete blackness…just looks like a really dark shadow.…So, the camera has intelligently made the decision,…actually the engineers who built the camera…have intelligently made the decision,…to make sure that the camera always protects those…highlights, always ensures that there's detail in there.…
Still, sometimes meters make wrong assumptions,…or you're in a particularly difficult lighting situation,…sometimes you will end up with overexposure in the…highlights on your images.…I said, even earlier than last movie, that you can't…judge anything on the back of your screen but composition.…You can actually get your camera, when you're…
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