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Mastering the Exposure Triangle



In case you are just a beginner photographer; you will definitely know what I am talking about- the struggle of getting the exposure right. The good thing is that when you understand the three main components of the exposure, you are a step closer to being a professional and also extraordinary photographer.


Let’s take the shutter speed first. This setting defines the time window when the camera's shutter remains open as the light hits the sensor. Capture the fast-moving subjects with 1/1000th of a second shutter speed to get precisely focused shots. The slower speeds of around 1/30th of a second allow more information coming in but the will cause an issue of blur. which means with more light comes more motion.


The first question I have to ask is - what is my subject's speed? If they're stationary, you can down-play your shutter speed to 1/50 sec. If you want to capture action shots clearly, speed up to 1/500 sec. Try out different speeds and you will get an understanding of the right speeds. Take baby steps, don't try to do everything at once. when you are learning about shutter speed just focus on the motion that come in your image. controlling light is our second step.


Coming next is aperture - the f-stop figure we set to adjust the size on the lens opening. A large opening like f/1.8 creates a nice shallow depth of field that blurs the background behind the dreamily. Smaller f/16 apertures hold much more things focused.


Thus, the question for aperture becomes " How much do I want to be with the sharp focus?" For blurred backgrounds, you will need to shoot at the widest aperture. For those landscapes where you need the most of the focus, stop your lens into the higher f-number. While budget lenses may only go down to f/3.5, with a 50mm f/1.8 prime, you have an inexpensive way to get that pro are for shallow depth of field.


ISO is the ISO feature, which is very very important for controlling the sensor light sensitivity. HISOs such as the 3200 greatly help to alot brighten the dark scenes, but bring added digital noise. When light is not an issue, low ISOs ensure that the things do not get very dirty or also very grainy. Set ISO to lighten the underexposed shots when the shutter speed and also aperture are dialed in.


The main thing is in the right balance of these three elements., however, means that when you increase one setting, the chances are you'll have to compensate by decreasing another. There is a lot of practice needed but then when you get the exposure triangle, you will shoot masterful photographs with a lot of ease. Whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out, dust off that old camera and get out there and click away! Understanding the photography fundamentals will allow for the limitless possibilities with your own creativity.

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