Photography – How to Get the Perfect Exposure

Taking pictures with a digital camera makes it very easy to get the perfect exposure in each shot. However, it can be different with a DSLR or SLR. With a DSLR or SLR, it provides a ton of features to the photographer. It lets the person taking the photo to have full control over their photographs. As such, it can become a challenge to get the right exposure. Here are some ways to get the right exposure in each shot.

Photography - How to Get the Perfect Exposure

Getting the Right Exposure When Practicing Photography

Step 1 – When practicing the art of photography, take note of using the exposure compensation of your camera. All SLR’s have an exposure compensation option found in its settings. It tells the camera to under or overexpose a certain scene in small increments. This can be very useful if you’re not getting the desired result straight out of the camera’s default settings. Just adjust the exposure compensation meter at small stops to get the right exposure in each shot.

Step 2 – Use exposure bracketing. Bracketing is a term used when a series of pictures are taken by either the photographer (manually) or by the camera itself (automatically). Some SLR’s have an auto-exposure bracketing. Check you camera’s settings or its manual to see if it has this feature. When this feature is enabled, it will let the camera fire off a shot (or multiple shots depending on the camera model) but saves it in three different pictures with varying exposure levels. You can adjust how over or under expose are the different photos.

Step 3 – As a photographer, it should also be to your best interest to learn how to study the histogram. When you check each photograph’s details, there may be a part where you can see some wavy lines. This is the photo’s histogram. Simply put, you need to have a balanced “wave” and is center-weighted. If the wave leans towards the far left then the picture is dark. Otherwise, if the wave is leaning towards the far right then the image is too bright. Play around with the exposure values until you receive the right “wave.”

Step 4 – To get to the right exposure in practicing photography, do change the metering mode on the camera. Metering is the method in which the camera sources the light to try and take a good exposure reading on the photo.  A center-weighted meter reading lets the camera read the exposure from a rather large area in the frame. Spot metering is the opposite as the camera will read exposure values from a really small area in the frame. Matrix or Evaluative metering lets the camera take readings from different points within the frame.


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