Thursday, 2 June 2016

Hysterical about Histograms

One of the most boring types of photographer is the one who is scared of being different.

Many photographers, particularly at camera club level and in special interest groups in social media, are constantly striving to get perfect exposure, perfect sharpness, perfect colour.

'Dimi' - Under-exposed 4 stops 
Guess what? Perfection doesn't actually exist, except maybe in the minds of Donald Trump and Paris Hilton.

-6 degrees - shutter froze
Over-exposed 4 stops
If you want to be yourself and produce exciting photographs you need to know how to creatively use over-exposure and under-exposure. More importantly, after you know HOW to use + and - exposure, you have to have the guts to do it. Most photographers are just plain too scared.

Light source - 1 mobile phone
I don't mean under-exposing or over-exposing by one of two stops, I mean whacking your exposure a hefty 4, 5,6 or 7 stops.

There's two ways of doing it. The 'old-school' method is to use M exposure and simply use your aperture and speed controls. The second method is to combine exposure modification (your + and - button) in combination withe auto exposure bracketing.

For example many Nikon DSLRs give you a bracket range of a whopping nine stops! Combine that with your + and - modification and you can dial up + or - 12 stops!!

Check out Dale Neill's Photography workshops at UWA Extension.

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