Getting a handle on spot metering
All digital cameras contain reflected-light, TTL-type meters that use at least one of three different types of metering ‘modes’ in order to calculate exposure, either from the entire scene, or from some specific part of […]Read More
With light, comes shadow
I can think of no more important topic to discuss when it comes to photography than light. Without it, there would be no photography. With light, comes shadow To get the exposure you need, you […]Read More
The balancing act of shadows and noise
Ideally, an exposure should capture detail in the brightest highlights and in the deepest shadows, and give the viewer a full range of tones. But digital sensors do not yet match the dynamic range of […]Read More
Taking care of shadows
The phrases ‘expose to the right’ or ‘expose for the highlights’ are common in photography. Protecting the highlights in a photo is regarded as important, because it’s easier to salvage shadow detail than it is […]Read More
What's the difference between hard and soft light?
If there’s no light, there can be no photography; but what is light, exactly? Without going knee-deep into physics, light can be thought of as tiny particles that move very, very fast. Understanding light is […]Read More
How good is your exposure? Try the histogram!
If you’ve just graduated from a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera to one with manual controls, the learning process is both exciting and a little confusing. You now have the ability to ensure that your photos […]Read More
Come over to the dark side: concealing and revealing with shadows
If photography is dependent on light, equal attention needs to be paid to its opposite: shade. Shadows are just as important as light. Their placement, depth, and edge sharpness is significant for any image, and […]Read More
Eight elements to visualise when composing your shot
Visualising how you want your photos to look is usually your first and most important step when taking them. Deciding on the story that you want to tell, and how you want to tell it, […]Read More