Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the essential exposure controls, part of Exploring Photography: Exposure and Dynamic Range.
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- To follow along with the shooting instruction in this course, you'll need to be familiar with some specific controls on your camera. Obviously, in a course like this, I can't speak to the controls of a particular model of camera. But the technology is the same, no matter what camera you're shooting with. So make sure you're familiar with these specific controls on your camera: exposure compensation. You'll need to know where this control is on your camera and how to use it. It's often marked with this icon. We'll also be relying on aperture priority mode and shutter priority mode, and to a lesser degree, manual mode.
You should know how to change ISO as well as your camera's metering mode. Finally, your camera may have a feature called program shift or flexible program. That feature's worth knowing about. If you're not familiar with any of those, search your camera manual for those specific terms. Now, there will probably be some other jargon and controls that we'll talk about throughout the rest of the course. But if you've gone through Foundations of Photography Exposure, you should be okay.
- What is good exposure?
- Using exposure compensation
- Shooting manually
- Reviewing histogram information to judge exposure
- Understanding ISO
- Defining dynamic range
- Exposing for maximum contrast
- Post-processing images