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Understanding Exposure – Part 1 (The Basics)

Published on by Stuart Howarth

Taken from Foto Footsteps:

In this small guide series I am going to help unravel the mystery that surrounds the understanding of exposure in photography. People new to photography will hear the term “exposure” and see all the settings on their camera and be baffled by what the numbers mean. This then leads them to putting their camera into auto shooting mode without exploring and unlocking the cameras true potential. If this sounds like you, hopefully this guide will help you gain an understanding of exposure and how mastering exposure will help lead you to taking better and more creative photos.

What is exposure?

In a nutshell an exposure is in fact another term for a photograph or to be precise the amount of light used to create a photograph. To create a photograph you expose the film or digital sensor to light which in turn creates the photograph. The amount of light that enters the camera determines the exposure. If you allow too much light to enter then the photo will be over exposed (too bright) and if you don’t let in enough light the picture will be under exposed (too dark). Therefore once you have an understanding of exposure you will in fact know how much light will be required to create a perfectly exposed photo.

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About Stuart Howarth

Stu is the driving force behind most of the photography on Wheres My Passport. He has been traveling with Nat for over 10 years and loves to try out as many new adventures and activities as he can. His real passion while traveling however is capturing the moment through a camera lens either as a still image or as a timelapse video. You can follow Stu on Google + or follow Wheres My Passport on Twitter, Facebook.

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