Using Exposure Creatively

The settings that you use to get the exposure that you want have everything to do with the compositional outcome of your photograph.

Are your exposures a random and haphazard combination of the elements that effect exposure?

Are you using the elements that effect exposure, ISO, aperture and shutter speed, to get the compositions that you want?

Aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings should not be random and haphazard, these are the foundation of effective photographic composition and should be thoughtfully considered as separate visual elements of your photograph.

  • Used thoughtlessly, exposure will get you a photograph….
  • Used attentively, exposure will get you thoughtfully composed photographs that are uniquely your own…
  • Your use of exposure can, and should, go beyond making your picture brighter or darker…
  • When you understand what each element that effects exposure does visually, you can begin to use exposure as an extremely powerful element in your photographic compositions….
  • Aperture, shutter speed and ISO can be combined in different combinations to yield different compositional outcomes…

Exposure in photography = Salt in Food – Lakshman Iyer

Course Description

This hands-on, three-hour workshop is an in depth examination of exposure and the visual result of the elements that effect exposure. You’ll see how your exposure settings will yield different visual outcomes so you can use your exposure settings to get the compositions that you want.

You’ll learn about…

  • How aperture controls exposure and composition…
  • How shutter speed controls exposure and composition…
  • How ISO controls exposure and composition…
  • Equivalent exposures…
  • Automatic vs. manual exposure modes…
  • How to use exposure as a powerful compositional element in your pictures…
  • How to use your knowledge of exposure settings to visualize the outcome of  your photograph, before you make an exposure….
  • and more…

Get your lighting and exposure correct at the start and both developing and printing can be practically automatic. – Edward Weston – 1921, stating his preference for the previsualization of straight photography., 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 487

You Should Take This Class If You Want To…

  • Make better pictures…
  • Become more aware of how to use the elements that effect exposure as compositional elements….
  • Learn to use the exposure settings on your camera as creative controls…
  • Learn to use exposure as a psychological element in your pictures…
  • Learn to use your knowledge of the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed to predict the outcome of your picture…
  • Go beyond using auto exposure modes for more versatile compositions …
  • Begin to create thoughtfully composed photographs that are uniquely yours…

Prerequisites

  • Getting to Know Your Camera or equivalent experience of working your camera in fully manual exposure mode.
  • A DSLR or other type of camera that allows working in fuly manual exposure mode…
  • You’ll need to the “full version” of your camera owners manual….

In deciding how a picture should look, in preferring one exposure to another, photographers are always imposing standards on their subjects. Although there is a sense in which the camera does indeed capture reality, not just interpret it, photographs are as much an interpretation of the world as paintings and drawings are. – Susan Sontag, On Photography by Susan Sontag , ISBN: 0385267061 , Page: 6-7

Notices

  • If you are registering for this class on the day that it is scheduled, you must bring a copy of your receipt as your proof of payment in order to be admitted.
  • By registering for this class I agree to the Registration Terms And Conditions.

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