Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video The dynamic range of your eye, part of Photography Foundations: Exposure (part 1).
- One of the many amazing things about the human eye…is the incredible range of dark to light…that you can perceive.…When your eyes are completely adjusted to the dark,…you can detect a single photon of light,…yet in the daytime, you can take those same eyes outside,…and see just fine in full-on sunlight.…What's even more amazing is the range of light to dark…that you can see at one time.…That's called the dynamic range of your eye,…and like everything else in photography,…the range of your eye is measured in stops,…or doublings of light.…It varies, but most places if you look,…you'll find that the human eye clocks in…at around 18 to 20 stops worth of dynamic range,…that's a contrast ratio of about a billion to one.…
Your camera, on the other hand,…has a contrast range of about 12 to 14 stops,…depending on the camera.…In other words, your eye can see…almost twice the dynamic range that your camera can.…Okay, that's all well and good and fascinating,…but so what?…Well the so what is the situation…that you might already have encountered,…
Note: This course is designed to work with any digital camera, but it is easier to follow along using a digital SLR or mirrorless camera.
- What is exposure?
- Modern camera anatomy
- Shutter, aperture, and ISO
- Light metering
- Changing shutter speed and aperture
- Exposure compensation
- Light meters
Skill Level Beginner
Learning Natural Light Portrait Photographywith Chris Orwig2h 30m Intermediate
A word about camera brands3m 19s
1. Exposure Fundamentals
2. Camera Anatomy
3. Basic Metering and Exposing
4. Dynamic Range
5. Exposure Compensation
6. Light Meters and Autofocus
Where to go next3m 34s
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