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If you answered "Yes", that was a great decision! To become a better photographer you NEED to learn how to do this!
To help our awesome Pretty Presets community learn how to become better photographers we put together a fantastic free webinar on Mastering Manual.
You can watch the replay of our Mastering Manual Webinar by clicking play on the video just below. There are also written notes below the video - as well as notes available in pdf format linked at the bottom of this page. We also put together a great downloadable Mastering Manual Cheat Sheet for use on the go!
This “exposure triangle” is really a balance or formula that gets utilized every time a picture is taken. Like the three sides/angles of a triangle, there are three components of the exposure triangle.
1. ISO—how sensitive your camera is to light
2. Aperture—how open/closed your lens is
3. Shutter speed—how fast/slow your lens opens and closes
For film cameras, ISO was how sensitive a particular film was to light. For a digital camera, ISO is how sensitive our camera sensor is to light.
When a film photographer when outside to shoot, she would have to change film to suit the light. With a DSLR, if you want to shoot outside in broad daylight, you would change your ISO to 100 or 200. If you walked back inside, you would simply change it to 800 or 100.
ISO can affect how much “noise” your image has.
Noise is the graininess in digital images. Noise comes from two things:
1. High ISO: the higher the ISO, the more noise you will have.
2. Underexposed images: pictures that are not exposed correctly in camera, but later improved in post-processing, will have noise in them, due to the underexposure.
Aperture is how wide the opening of your lens is at the time of the picture.
How does aperture affect your image?
Aperture has two main purposes:
#1 Controls light allowed in through lens
#2 Controls the depth of focus when picture is taken
Shutter speed is how long your shutter is open.
How shutter speed affects your images:
Helpful tip: To ensure sharp pictures, keep your shutter speed at twice the focal length of your lens.
Metering is getting your image properly exposed by balancing the ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
Types of metering:
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Laura is married and has two children who keep life exciting. She loves people, capturing beauty and enjoys a spending time with her family. She is the Co-Founder of PRETTY (Pretty Presets, Pretty Actions + Pretty Forum).