Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

Part 1 – Exposure

In our Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure we will be covering Exposure. These are some of the concepts we cover in our Blue Mountains and Sydney Photography Courses

Exposure is the amount of light reaching the sensor/film in your camera. As photographers we are photographing light and we look at the quality and quantity of the available light sources we have. I will do a Photography Course Light Tips blog at a later stage.

We have control of how that light hits the sensor or film by several means. Lets look at the main 3 which make up the ‘Exposure Triangle’

  • Aperture
  • Shutter
  • Iso

To get a ‘correctly’ exposed image we need the right amount of light hitting the film or sensor so we need to balance the ‘Exposure Triangle’.

When either of them are changed individually from that balanced setting, as long as the light remains constant, we get one of 2 ‘unbalanced’ results.

  1. An underexposed image – the image is too dark
  2. An overexposed image – the image is too bright
Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

Under Exposed Image

Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

Over Exposed Image

Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

Correctly Exposed Image

When photographing any scene you also need to be aware of dynamic range. Dynamic range is simply the difference between the lightest and darkest areas of the scene. When a scene exceeds the dynamic range of your camera the brighter areas (highlights) become white and the darker areas (shadows) become black. As you can see in the following two images without any post production or filters either the sky or the mountains are exposed correctly not both. However there are ways around this and we go through that on our Photography Courses

Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

Exposed for Mountains, Sky is overexposed

Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

Exposed for Sky, Mountains are underexposed

In our Next Blog we will cover Aperture and its relation to Exposure and its other function relating to creativity.

Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure

In our Blue Mountains Photography Courses and our Night Photography¬†Courses Sydney we give you hands on experience and the concepts to learn how to use your camera more effectively and get the most out of your camera. We teach you how to read the light and adjust these settings accordingly to give you a correct exposure and creatively capture your scene based on the light in your scene. I do give you some base settings initially but by the end of the course you will have an understanding of how to apply the concepts and have the tools to troubleshoot the lighting issues you face and then become more creative with your shots. You will understand why an image turns out the way it does instead of ‘stumbling’ across the correct settings for what you are trying to achieve.

It then comes down to like anything in life ‘practice’.

‘Theory without practice is time wasted’

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Photography Course Blue Mountains Sydney Exposure