As someone interested in photography, you will be surprised to know, how much information is available through your camera’s viewfinder. One major element is the photography exposure and how you as a photographer can take a perfect shot by adjusting the exposure settings with just the information shown in the camera viewfinder.

Exposure, in simple terms, can be defined as how light or dark an image will appear when it is been captured by your camera.

Imagine you have been on an outing and capturing images with your digital camera on a pleasant morning. However, seeing your images after capturing might not be a good idea for you, if overexposure is being the spoiler of your photos. Thus, for bringing your photo’s to life in a perfect way, Dave’s On Location Photography will share with you certain tips through which the exposure can be adjusted to an absolutely perfect level.

Tips for better photography exposure

Automatic Exposure Bracketing(AEB)

Bracketing guarantees that you get at least one image of good photo exposure. This is done by taking one exposure by setting the camera light meter at zero and takes at least two more exposures, one at -1 stop and other at +1 stop.

However, this may sound a bit confusing but this is how normal adjustment works. Most of the cameras in today’s time have automatic exposure bracketing which makes it considerably quick and easy.

By checking the camera manual, one can identify whether they have AEB setting or not and if they have, one should know how to turn that on.

Exposure Compensation

Checking photo’s right after capturing is not necessarily a bad thing unless there is a possibility of missing the shot. However, reviewing your images after you take them is a healthy practice to double check the exposure, focus, and compensation.

The Histogram can be a handy tool for evaluation of photography exposure. Histogram usage is easy for photo exposure. The blacks are adjusted on the left and whites are on the right. If there is a spark on the left edge, it means that your image is completely black. Adjusting the exposure compensation to the right will make the image appear brighter. A spark on the right edge means the image is all bright and thus results in overexposure.
Exposure Lock

When I have a lot of time, exposure lock is my favorite technique. If we have a subject that is not moving, Exposure Lock is the guide for getting the perfect exposure.

Spot metering is used along with exposure lock to take into account the light level at the exact spot in the frame. For example, taking a shot of scenery can be adjusted with exposure lock. Recomposing the image, focusing and taking the shot is better with this.

Light is a key element in photography and a perfect exposure is essential for different photography image capturing. Hence the saying – A perfect photography exposure is equal to a Perfect photography shot. Maintain it and get your best shots.

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