The Basics of Exposure

Here at Flat Irons Photo Club, encourage our members to pick up their cameras regularly, even if they don’t understand the functions of the camera. Once you get a better feel for your camera, though, it is good to start learning the different basics. That is where these articles come in, to help you learn more about your camera and how to use it.

If you have just started photography, you may have a basic camera that you are unable to modify much. If you are more serious, though, you likely have a DSLR camera where you can adjust ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and more. If so, we are here to help you get started learning how to use those functions.

The first function we will be exploring is exposure. Exposure is basically the brightness or darkness of a photo. Getting a properly exposed photo may seem easy, but it isn’t always as simple as it seems for beginning photographers. Luckily, until you learn how to adjust exposure yourself, your camera will control that function under the automatic selection. Though photographing on auto can be useful, it tends to limit your control and creativity.

There are times when you may want to purposefully create a darker photo, depending on your desired effect. A darker photo tends to bring along with it a darker mood. It can also bring out more color in your photo. For example, if you are photographing a colorful sunset, creatively darkening the exposure can help bring out the colors. Though the photo is not technically correct in its exposure, if it portrays the mood you are looking for, then the photo is a success. Just keeping your camera on the auto selection, it will always choose the middle ground between light and dark exposure, losing the creative aspect.

Now that you understand the importance of learning exposure, you may be interested in learning more about how to get the effects you are looking for. If so, join us at our next club meeting. We will go over the basics of exposure and give you some practice using what you learn.