Photography for Beginners: Understanding Exposure
Here’s today’s video lesson on how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together:
A PHOTOGRAPHY OBSTACLE COURSE
A picture-taking obstacle course – that’s what we’re designing for our July Beginner’s Photography Workshop.
Each team leader will create a “photography practice station” and attendees will work their way through the course.
We talked about depth of field on Friday and how wider apertures (smaller f-stop numbers) help blur selective parts of your image. There are other factors that affect selective focus, too. You’ll practice getting that blurred effect. First on your background. Then your foreground. Then maybe on either or both sides of your image.
Then, you’ll move to shutter speed where you’ll practice blurring action and freezing it.
Then, you’ll head inside to practice indoor photography and using reflectors.
In all, this workshop will come with close to 20 hours of intense shooting. Hours you could easily rack up aimlessly walking around on your own. But these 20 hours won’t be aimless. And you’ll be far from alone. You can ask questions whenever they pop up, because someone will be by your side to help every step of the way.
If you haven’t yet sold your first photo, I’m willing to bet you’re never going to. Not without some kind of push, that is.
You can’t keep doing the same things over and over again and expect different results.
The exposure triangle is a careful balance between the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Understanding the relationship between the three can be easy, but you’ve got to practice.
To help you visualize what effect changing one might have on the others, I found this website that lets you play around with camera settings without leaving your chair.
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