Explore exposure and dynamic range to understand how digital cameras capture images—and how to deal with tricky lighting scenarios.
- Light and shadow are the building blocks of all photos and as a photographer, you control light and shadow through your manipulation of exposure. Exposure is very simple. By altering and balancing three parameters, you control how much light a camera records. But those three parameters can be mixed and matched in many different ways. And finding the correct combination is both a skill and an art. In fact, even identifying what correct means, in terms of exposure, is a skill in itself.
In this course, we're going to look at some advanced concepts that will help you choose better exposures when you're facing tricky photographic situations. We'll discuss how to ensure that you're exposing to capture data that will facilitate the edits that you want to make, as well as look deeper into metering modes, auto ISO settings, and other exposure aids that your camera provides. Your camera sees the world very differently than your eye does, so it's critical that you learn to recognize how your camera differs. Understanding how your camera sees is the only way to avoid certain types of exposure problems.
The study of photography is never finished. Technique, technical understanding, artistic sensibility are all things that you must practice and hone. And this course will provide you with some more advanced practices that you can use to push your shooting in new directions.
- 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