Understanding the basics of the exposure triangle-
There are 3 elements involved in exposure (hence, triangle)
• Aperture (the amount of light that passes through the lens)
• Shutter Speed (the amount of time the shutter is open to allow in light)
• ISO (the film or sensors sensitivity to light.)
When you change one element of exposure, you alter the other two elements. This image will give you a basic understanding of what the 3 different sides of the exposure triangle are capable of.
Let’s assume by now you’ve got a handle on exposure (if not, refer to ‘EXPOSURE TRIANGLE‘). When you shoot in ‘M’ mode, the creativity starts in the camera. Now that you have an understanding of how to properly expose for light. (bravo!) let’s look at other ways to get creative with your images. (Yippee!)
Simple things you can do to take your image to another level are :
- LIGHT (direction of)
- DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR SUBJECT
- SHUTTER SPEED
- LENS CHOICE
These basics will be a one half of the equation when developing your personal style. The other half lies in your post-processing, but we’ll chat about that in a post of it’s own.
Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!! I can’t stress this enough. Try working on the list above and you’ll be amazed at how subtle changes will have the biggest impact!