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Exposure

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The Phototuts+ Exposure Session focuses exclusively on teaching you everything you need to know about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and much more. We’re bringing together a series of tutorials that feature both quick tips and in-depth guides that will allow you to get the perfect exposure every time!

 

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  • Photography
    Photography Fundamentals
    The Ultimate Beginner's Introduction to ExposurePreview
    Today we'll be walking through the concept of exposure, right from the beginning. This article won't befuddle you with complicated numbers and jargon, but it will help you feel more confident with your photography and understand a core concept that's a vital piece of the photography jigsaw.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Perfect Exposure Every Time: A Guide to Metering in the ViewfinderPreview
    You'd be surprised how much information is available through your camera's viewfinder. In today's tutorial, we're looking again at one of the most important elements of photography - exposure - and how you can expose a perfect photo using just the information shown in your camera viewfinder!Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Understanding & Using Ansel Adam's Zone SystemPreview
    The Zone System is a technique that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930's. It is an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera's metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure. Today we're going to explore this system, and investigate how it can help you with your photography!Read More…
  • Photography
    Photography Fundamentals
    Photography Kick-Start Guide: Adjusting Your Camera’s Settings for the Photo You WantCamerasetting kickstart prelg
    Every two weeks, we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in September of 2009. Cameras vary in terms of functions offered. There are differences from one brand to the next and even from one model to another of the same brand. By necessity, this tutorial will have to generalize but let's try to de-mystify some of the more common settings found on cameras today, what they mean (to the camera) and how to use them. Let's start with the core shooting modes, then we'll move on to the more common preset scene modes and finally to some other general information about camera functions.Read More…
  • Photography
    Hardware
    The Complete Handheld Lightmeter GuidePhotography
    Almost every modern camera currently being produced has a lightmeter built into it. It's the device that measures the exposure, and allows for accurate adjustments of shutter speed, apertures and ISO settings. Chances are your camera phone even has light measuring capabilities.Read More…
  • Photography
    Interviews
    Slow Light: Interview with Justin QuinnellPreview
    Justin Quinnell is a U.K. based pinhole photography artist and educator. His sensational image of the Clifton Suspension has popularized extra long exposure pinhole imagery. Solargraphy, as it is called, can take up to a year to make one exposure and often tracks the path of sun is bright arcs. Today, we'll talk with Justin about his work and inspiration.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Mastering Exposure and Flash CompensationPreview
    No matter how far the technology in our cameras advances, nothing can replace the judgment of the human eye. What do you do when the camera doesn't see the scene the same way you do? In this tutorial, we're going to learn about tweaking your images with exposure and flash compensation.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Why 1/10 Is My Favourite Shutter SpeedPreview
    In teaching a student the other day, I came to realize one of my own truisms; 1/10th of a second is my favorite shutter speed. This is not to say that I don't have a fondness for good old 1/60th or even the sparkiness of a nice 1/250th flash sync speed. I do, in fact, like a lot of shutter speeds and tend to not use 1/10th all that much. But if I were to pick a favorite, 1/10th is at the top of the list. Curious how I came to this conclusion? Read on to find out...Read More…
  • Photography
    Theory
    Light & Photography: Exposure and Tonal Range ConsiderationsPreview
    In today's article, we're going to delve into some of the thinking and theory behind dynamic and tonal range, exploring what these terms mean and how we can best utilise them in our photography. Getting to grips with these is an important step to really understanding how your camera works, and learning how to capture a perfect representation of a particular scene.Read More…
  • Photography
    Post-Processing
    Mastering the Histogram in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Preview
    In several previous articles, we've discussed how to interpret the histogram on your camera. While shooting, you can use this handy tool to check your highlights and shadows to make sure there isn't an unacceptable amount of clipping. Unfortunately, if you spot a problem in-camera, the best you can do is adapt your settings and improve future shots. Today we're going to apply these same principles to post-processing in Lightroom 3. Here, the histogram is not only an indicator of the current state of the shot, but a tool that you can use to actually improve the photo.Read More…