Let`s Talk about, “Exposure” | Part II

Hello Everyone! I am sure you enjoyed the first post on this subject. Today we are going to continue with our learning about this very important and in fact crucial impact of photography. I apologize to all those who sent their questions and are waiting for answers still. Believe me, its getting hectic with so many functions to cove and with so many shots to take! Stay assured – am gonna answer each one of you soon. Let us proceed with our subject now.

Overriding Your Meter

When will you need to override your meter? In cases where the light is evenly distributed and coming from the front or side, the meter should do an acceptable job of selecting the exposure. However, if the subject is lit from behind by bright lights, the meter may read the bright background and underexpose the subject, the end result being a silhouette. Basically, use the meter’s reading as a starting point and go from there depending on the situation and what you’re wanting to do.

Fine Tuning Your Exposure

Take a reading near what will be your main subject, then move back to your where you’ll take your shot from. This will allow you to fine tune your exposure to the important part of your picture. It’s easy to do with a manual camera, but somewhat difficult with an automatic unless it has a memory lock. Some automatics have a compensator that let you make small adjustments to the to the camera’s exposure.

Working with Light and Dark Areas

When there are both light and dark areas in a scene, you have to be particularly careful because the meter may be biasing its reading toward one or the other. Sometimes, if you have a dark subject and light background, you can compensate by setting a little extra exposure. For a light subject with a dark background, setting it for a little less exposure may help. If there are important details in both the light and dark areas of the scene, you can measure both and then average the reading. Another thing to consider is bracketing, or taking a shot using the setting you think is correct, but also taking a few shots just above and just below it, helping to insure that at least one of them will be correct.

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