How To Get A Perfect Exposure Every Time With This Easy To Implement Camera Tool

Get Perfectly Exposed Images Every Single Time With This Simple Method

I’m talking about the histogram, of course.

Beginners are often a bit afraid of it, and I’ve even ran into pros who don’t really care much about it (which I think is pretty unbelievable). The histogram is one of the easiest way to immediately see if you’re exposure is correct. By using it while you’re taking photos you’ll be able to get away with much less post processing.

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histogram is great for posed subjects or scenes that don’t change, but it’s not very helpful capturing a one-time situation. bracketing your exposures,especially if you have a fast frame rate, can help in those situations

It has never change since the first photo was taken. It is called the right exposure. It may be old school but it is what works. It is called physics. By the way it doesn’t matter how much post editig you do. If the shot is crap it is crap ! ! !

A histogram that’s “in the ballpark” is always a good start. But, if you want a perfect picture, it’s almost always going to involve some post-processing, whether it’s color, contrast or control of highlights and shadows.
At the risk of dating myself, I started out in photography with film. Using color transparency material was probably the best way to teach myself the importance of of good exposure.

Perfect exposure is subjective. If you always expose so your histogram is center, you limit yourself. High Key and Low Key are 2 examples of lighting styles that deliberately ignore this “rule”.

However, if you are photographing a dark skinned person in a black tuxedo, and it is outdoors at night (what I did a few weeks ago) the histogram weighed heavily to the left, and almost nothing on the right (highlights). The sample photo of the lady with the camera is another example of why this doesn’t always work. Though the histogram showed details lost in the whites, what’s more important, the lady’s face, or the clouds? I think we’d all agree that her face is of primary importance for exposure.
If you used your histogram technique on that image, you would have details in the highlights, but her face would be very dark.

To take your exposure issues, (and white balance) to a whole new level of excellence, do a custom WB and expose using a gray card, or similar device. That really speeds up my workflow. I can edit 200 portraits in about 15 minutes (in Adobe Lightroom).

I learned photography with film 40 years ago, used a light meter, this is useless . Lear the basics and this will not be an issue. Author states she started photography in 2009, she has so much to learn, won’t learn with auto features, try manual focus and exposure.

Histogram is important… very important. But, this video keeps emphasizing “proper exposure”; there is no such thing. One does not want to shoot so that the histogram is primarily in the middle. One should shoot so that the histogram is where you want it to be; this may or may not be the middle. That “proper exposure” concept always gets newbies off to a poor start.

I find that you can hardly ever go wrong spot metering in Manual mode, and this is what I teach all of my students. Yes, you’re forced to make a decision with each shot to select a shutter speed and aperture appropriate to the situation, but then isn’t that what photography is all about?

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