Metering And Exposure – Student Comments

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Thank you for taking the Metering And Exposure photography class.

Your opinion and candid comments are valued because they help me to make sure the class is as effective as possible and help me to evaluate if I’m doing a good job as a teacher.

Thank you again for choosing to work with me, I hope that I have helped you to be a better photographer.

Sam

  • Could you please take a moment to let me know what you thought of the class in the “Leave a Reply” area below?
  • If you’d like, you can use the following questions as a guide.
  1. What was your main concern about taking this class?
  2. What did you learn as a result of taking this class?
  3. What specifically did you like most about this class?
  4. What are three other things that you found useful about this class?
  5. Would you recommend this class? If so, why?
  6. Can you comment on Sam D’Amico as a photography instructor?
  7. Is there anything you’d like to add?

41 Responses to “Metering And Exposure – Student Comments”

  1. Sara says:

    I found the narrow focus of the class helpful so that I could better hone in on properly metering my photographs to get better results. Sam’s advice about making adjustments made a real difference in my photos.

    • Thank you for taking the class, Sara.
      I think that metering and exposure is one of the most important things we do as photographers.
      I’m glad to learn that you found the class helpful and that you are now getting better results.
      Please keep practicing.

  2. Maria Bauza says:

    The class was really good class. I felt I little frustated due exposure, aperture and ISO to obtaing my correct metering. But them we you explained to me I felt a lot better. You’re an awesome teacher make us think. I did what you told me I still don’t got it correctly all the time but I’m practicing every day my exposure, aperture and ISO to obtaing my correct metering. Thank you so much.

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you for your comments, Maria and thank you for taking the class.
      Try not to feel frustrated, everyone learns at their own pace. If you keep practicing, on a regular basis, the things we talked about in class, you’ll improve a little bit every day and before you realize it, you’ll learn what you wanted to learn.

  3. Leeba says:

    I am very happy I took your class Sam. As a teacher your ability to to share knowledge is truly wonderful in the sense that I was able to understand and take home with me a new understanding of my camera and what it does…and I am seeing a marked difference in the photos I took since…you are invaluable and I look forward to taking some more of your classes, I feel I have lots more to learn from you. Thank you.

    • samdamico says:

      I’m happy that you took my class too, Leeba. Once we understand things it becomes easier to know when and how we should apply what we know. Knowing how to operate our camera is one thing, but to understand when how to apply technique is another. Remember, technique serves creativity.

      Thank you for taking the class, Leeba. I look forward to working with you again.

  4. Charles Howard says:

    What a great class! I seriously questioned if I could ever get metering to become second nature. My photos were always either under or overexposed. Thanks to your awesome class and encouragement I can see improvement. The techniques and skills that you shared will make me a better “photographer” rather than the “shooter” I was before the class.

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you for your comments Charles.

      Exposure is subjective and only you, as the photographer making the photograph, should determine where to meter for the “right” exposure.

      I’m happy that you see improvement and I’m happy that you have made the subtle, but important, shift from seeing yourself as a ““photographer” rather than a “shooter”.

      Keep practicing the techniques and skills that we covered in class and you’ll keep improving and your process as a photographer will continue to become more second nature.

      Thank you for taking the class.

  5. Jeanine says:

    I needed a greater understanding of what exactly is metering and how can I improve my understanding of exposure. What I found out was that I wasn’t really metering at all.
    This class makes you gain a better knowledge of how your camera works. My application of what I’ve learned has already helped with my photography. I pay attention to, do I “increase exposure” or “decrease exposure”, something that Sam kept drilling into us (and it helps).
    I like the fact that Sam offers follow-up to his class and wants us to evaluate the session.
    Thank-you Sam, I can’t wait to when it becomes second nature for me when it comes to metering and exposure.

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you for you for taking the class and thank you for your comments,Jeanine.
      I think that choosing what to meter off of and choosing your exposure are two of the most important things that you do as a photographer.
      Keep practicing and metering and exposure will become second nature before you know it.

  6. Connor says:

    This was a great class. I’ve already seen a marked improvement in my photography. Sam was a great teacher and really made things easy to understand.

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you Connor. I’m happy that you were already working your camera in manual exposure mode.

      The class merely helped you understand what your camera does in terms of metering and how to use that in the creation of your picture.

      You’ve increased your understanding of craft and that increasing in your understanding of craft will help you to be a better photographer.

  7. Deborah says:

    Sam’s metering and exposure class was very informative and the information presented in an easy-to-understand way. Thanks so much!

  8. Shane says:

    The class was great and very informative. I would definitely encourage others to take the class.

  9. Jan Gratz says:

    In just three hours, I learned so much about metering and exposure on manual mode. Sam kept it simple and made us shoot pictures inside the classroom. It was a great class and would highly recommend it to anyone just starting out. It’s really the foundation to knowing photography and how to shoot great images. It’s all about the light and how to read the light and set your camera manually so that you control the images. He asked us questions to answer and made us think through the concepts of shutter and aperture and how to take correct exposures. I applied my knowledge the next day in shooting a senior portrait and it worked!! Thanks Sam!

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Jan,

      Thank you for the comments and thank you for registering for the class. It was good to work with you and I’m glad that you were able to apply what you learned in class to the senior portrait.

      Keep practicing.

  10. Ceri says:

    1. What was your main concern about taking this class?
    I wanted to learn to get a better exposure so I wouldn’t have to rely on photoshop. Also I had no idea how to use or read a meter and wanted to learn.

    2. What did you learn as a result of taking this class?
    I learned not only how to read a meter but to trust my judgement.

    3. What specifically did you like most about this class?
    I loved the small personal setting and attention the instructor gave to the needs and questions of each student.

    4. What are three other things that you found useful about this class?
    Learning the details and specifics of what “a stop” is in relation to aperture, shutter speed and ISO. How to use my camera more effectively. How a spot meter works.

    5. Would you recommend this class? If so, why?
    Definitely. I felt like I learned a lot of very useful things, gained confidence, and met some great people.

    6. Can you comment on Sam D’Amico as a photography instructor?
    Sam was a great teacher. He was very patient with all our related and unrelated questions. Was clearly knowledgeable on the subjects we discussed but most of all he was articulate in how he communicated with us…great at helping us understand what he was saying, as well as what it all meant and how it fits together.

    Thanks Sam, I really enjoyed your class and will definitely be back!

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you for your comments Ceri,
      When you learn to meter and get the exposure that you want you’ll spend MUCH less time in photo-editing software.

      Trusting your judgment allows you to make thoughtfully composed, unique photographs.

      I’m happy that you found the class helpful.

      I think that metering and exposure is one of the most important things that you do as a photographer.

      I enjoyed working with you and I look forward to working with you again.

  11. Kathryn Fabrizio Eszeki says:

    I enrolled in the Metering and Exposure class because the colors in my photographs were not coming out the way I saw them …. usually they were washed out and boring.

    In the class, I received specific instruction on using the in-camera meter. We discovered that the “correct” meter setting is really only a starting point (a suggestion, if you will) for getting the right exposure, and that the photographer needs to stop down or up…..but mostly know your camera.

    The following day I attended a 6 hour outdoor lighting class (mostly it was portraiture, which I am not at all interested in, but since I am interested in taking candid shots on the street it was a great experience) and since I had taken the metering class a day before I think I got much more out of the 6 hours. Some of my photos were not bad, but mainly I was very pleased with the exposure on most of them.

    Sam, I guess the only thing that would have been good to include in the workshop would have been more on the histogram a and how to read it. Also, a discussion of white balance. I think someone mentioned white balance during our workshop and you said that this class wasn’t designed to discuss that. I think knowing about that may have helped me a bit.

    For the most part, I am comfortable with your teaching style. Being a former teacher, I can assure you that I can’t help being critical of teachers. You obviously know your material and are good at explaining it, which is not an easy thing to do when you have students at different proficiency levels.

    I would never hesitate taking another class with you because I like the way you teach and I am confident in your knowledge.

    Kathryn

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thank you taking the metering and exposure class.

      You’ve got it right. You’ve got to know how to work your camera and the exposure that your camera suggests is nothing more than a suggestion. Increasing or decreasing your exposure in a thoughtful manner will get you the exposure that you want.

      I’m happy that the time you spent in the class helped you in the class that you attended the following day . Metering and exposure applies to whatever you do as a photographer.

      Thank you for the suggestions regarding the histogram and white balance. I appreciate your suggestions and constructive criticism.

      Although I understand what the histogram does and how to read it, I personally don’t find the histogram useful. Since I don’t use the histogram I usually don’t bring it up as a topic in class unless someone asks.

      In terms of discussing white balance during this particular class, while knowing more about white balance may have helped you for the class that you had the next day,the main goal of this class is get the participants familiar with metering and exposure. This class is designed to help photographers to measure light (meter) and get the best possible exposure based on what they want for their compositional outcomes. While you can control you exposure to make colors brighter or darker, the white balance settings on your camera are not related to metering and exposure at all. I think color and white balance requires a a separate line of study.

      Usually, if the main topic of a class is covered and everyone in the class has indicate that they have a good understanding of the topic, I’ll address questions that are unrelated to the class.

      I’m glad that you found the class helpful and, for the most part, you were comfortable with my teaching style and you are confident in my knowledge.

      Thank you again for taking the time to comment on the class and for your valued suggestions.

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  13. Haytham says:

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks a lot for the class. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. You always find new ways to challenge students and have them make the most out of the class. I can’t wait to go out in the field and practice.

    Haytham

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Haytham,

      Your welcome and thank you for taking the class.
      It was good working with you again.
      I’m glad that you found the class enjoyable and that you learned a lot.
      As I stated in class, I think that getting the “right” exposure is one of the most important things you’ll do when creating your photograph.

      Sam

  14. William Kandel says:

    Just wanted to touch base and thank you for the really excellent class on metering and exposure. I’ve been taking photos on and off casually for over 30 years, and something has compelled me to start again with a vengeance. I really would like to take my photography up several levels, and this course helped quite a bit. You made two compelling points for me; one is to use a lot more manual settings than I’ve been doing, and the other is to preserve as much of the “original light” that makes it through the camera lens in the course of making a photograph. I’m going to try and shoot more raw images, although the average of pics that my camera products just went from roughly 1500mp to 5000mp. I seem to be able to view the files with a new downloaded Nikon software; the issue is more the quality of how they print when I send them out to be printed.

    You also convinced me to not rush into getting a printer, but that’s another extensive discussion.

    Anyhow, I’m looking forward to taking your flash seminar and perhaps others. I’ll be following the blog as well.

    So thanks again. I was quite psyched after the class, and I would have stayed and chatted with you for another three hours but had to make it home at a reasonable hour.

    William

    • samdamico says:

      Hello William,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      I’m happy that you got the point about making photographs in manual mode. While current camera technology allows anyone to make a decent photograph, what’s missing from technology is the thought process of the photographer. I think that working in manual mode is the only way to completely engage the thought process of the photographer.

      Metering and exposure is an important part of photographers thought process.

      It was good working with you during the class. Thank you for taking it.

  15. Cricket Masson says:

    What was your main concern about taking this class?
    My main goal was to learn how to combine metering and exposure to get a good picture. I knew very little about metering prior to the class, nor did I even realize my camera had a metering function.

    What did you learn as a result of taking this class?
    I achieved the goals listed above and how to use my camera more effectively.

    What specifically did you like most about this class?
    Besides knowledge gained, I liked the small group setting, the patience of the instructor with questions, simplicity of instructions and hands on use of what we learned.

    What are three other things that you found useful about this class?
    How to use my camera to take better pictures.
    The inspiration to keep taking more pictures to practice my metering and exposure as well as experiment in other ways.

    Would you recommend this class? If so, why?
    Shoot, yes!! (pun intended)

    Can you comment on Sam D’Amico as a photography instructor?
    I found him to be very patient with us (me). He is very knowledgeable and taught the class in a straightforward style that was simple yet easy to understand. He encouraged questions if we were unclear – didn’t rush through any topic and made sure we all understood before moving to the next topic. No one was made to feel like a doofus for their level of expertise (me again). His instruction evidenced his experience as an accomplished photographer.

    Is there anything you’d like to add?
    I plan to take more classes to continue my photography education and only hope the other instructors will match up to Sam. Thanks!

    • samdamico says:

      Hello Cricket,

      Thank you for your comments.

      I’m happy that this class helped you to achieve your goals.

      Be patient with yourself. We all lean at our own pace.

      If you keep practicing and applying what you learn you’ll become a better photographer.

  16. Patrick Chauvet says:

    Taking this class gave me a better understanding on how metering and exposure work. I now can use my camera full manual and undestand when a picture does not come out as I want. I have a better image in my mind how different meterings work. This class is very well thought. I recommend this class to anybody who would like to take better pictures and become a knowledgable photographer.

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Patrick,

      One of the most important things we do as photographers is meter light and then pick our exposure settings based on the compositional outcome that we have in mind.

      Without an accurate meter reading your exposure falls apart. If you exposure falls apart, your picture follows.

      I’m glad that the class has helped you understand what has happened when your picture does not come out the way that you want. If you understand how your picture has fallen short you can address the issue and fix it.

  17. Chip Chabot says:

    What was your main concern about taking this class?
    too much reliance on the camera systems for exposure

    What did you learn as a result of taking this class?
    how to accurately meter a subject then make intelligent choices about over or under exposing the shot to account for zone values

    What specifically did you like most about this class?
    the no BS approach to the information; the equipment-agnostic process and information; real-world anecdotes of situations and examples

    What are three other things that you found useful about this class?
    better understanding of how zones and metering correlate; better understanding of how the camera’s spot meter actually works; hands on practice, practice, practice

    Would you recommend this class? If so, why?
    highly; Sam is a great instructor in that he explains why something works, instead of just showing you how; once I understood why, how came very easily

    Can you comment on Sam D’Amico as a photography instructor?
    i think i have covered the high points above

    Is there anything you’d like to add?
    between this class and the portable flash class, i have rediscovered my inner photographer, dormant these many years. Thanks Sam!

    • samdamico says:

      Hi Chip,

      There’s no BS in the class because creating BS takes extra work that doesn’t amount to anything. Who needs that?!

      It’s good to learn that you’ve rediscovered your inner photographer. Time to let him out to create good photographs.

      Thanks for taking the class and I’m happy that you found it helpful.

  18. Kimberlyn Hall says:

    What was your main concern about taking this class? want to get of auto mode
    What did you learn as a result of taking this class? how to meter before shooting and to over expose and under expose a shot
    What specifically did you like most about this class? hands on instructions
    What are three other things that you found useful about this class?
    1. explaining things in detail
    2. instructor stayed on track
    3. class was short, to the point and full of useful information
    Would you recommend this class? Yes If so, why? Lots of good info to learn
    Can you comment on Sam D’Amico as a photography instructor? Great instructor, signing up for another class this month. : -)
    Is there anything you’d like to add?

  19. valter schleder says:

    I went to class with no confidence abouth how to metering
    with in abouth a hour ,things start to clear up in my mind , by the end of the secound hour i felt this scense of confidence and that a strong foundation was build ,for my photography wants and needs. now i can say that i know how to metering.and my photos will be much better them before thanks to this class.
    Sam D’Amico theaching is rigth on .no bullshit around and i really like his way and approach on teaching and his precission on the subject.
    I strongly recomend this class.to any one that are not sure abouth how to metering this will certanly will make a significate and possitive change in your photography.

    • samdamico says:

      Thank you Valter.

      I think that metering and exposure is one of the most important things that we do when it comes to creating our photographs. Without the right exposure, our picture can fall short of our intention.

      I’m glad that you found the class helpful.

  20. samdamico says:

    Recently I implemented a new way to receive comments from students in a more efficient and engaged manner. At this time, because the system has only recently become available, there are not many comments about classes.

    You can view comments that were made by students before I instituted a new way to receive opinions and reactions to my photography classes. Please use this link if you’d like to see comments that were made by students prior to the implementation of the new system. There are plenty for you to read.

    Thank you.

    • Tuu says:

      It was super good class! and Sam was great! he is professional photographer and teacher. The way he teach is not complicated for non native English speaker like me to be able to understand. I have learned a lot from the class.Sam also showed us the way to think before metering the subject and make an exposure the way we like it to be. I like that a lot because before taking class, I would make an exposure then try to fix . I am going to have to practice that a lot.

      • samdamico says:

        Hello Tuu,

        It was good to work with you again.

        Thinking is important while you’re creating a photograph.

        If you are a thoughtful photographer and understand the basics of photography you will not have to fix your picture after you make it because you will get it right before you press the shutter release to make your exposure.

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