Day 7 - Exposure Triangle - Putting it all Together
I’m here to announce that this is the end of auto mode for you my friends. You will never be going back to that little dial on your camera that says “auto”. I know, it seems intimidating and I certainly had the same reaction. In fact I can remember my heart palpitating and my hands beginning to sweat when my instructor announced that we were going to shoot in manual from here on out. I was fearful that I would not understand what it would take to have amazing pictures like the pros do, would I remember how to put it all together? But hey, you made it this far didn’t you? Not to worry! I’m here for you every step of the way, giving you the step-by-step details so that you can learn to take a properly exposed picture every time. Feel better now? Good. Let’s move on.
What exactly do you mean by exposure?
What is this exposure triangle anyway?
Moving into Manual mode by understanding the exposure triangle.
Here’s an example. Let’s say that you are in a dark place, say at your child’s school play, you don’t have a tripod so you will have to hold your camera. You set your shutter speed to 1/60’s, which is the minimum for holding your camera without creating “camera shake”. You want a small aperture for a large depth of field to get the entire stage in focus, so you pick f/8. You take a photo and it’s too dark. Using the exposure triangle you can see that you can record more light by increasing your ISO. This will create more noise in your photo but you will still be able to achieve getting that sharp image that you want because now you brought in more light.
What is this business about “stops”?
It's all about lighting
Now that we have put it all together, that wasn’t so bad was it? Great job!
Today's Takeaway and To Do's:
1. Buy Bryan Peterson's Book and read it
See you tomorrow.