The Foundations of Great Images: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

  • Brian Zwit

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Beacon Hall - Room 2
  • Audience: Beginner
  • Price:
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A great photograph begins with the basics — proper exposure, thoughtful composition, and creativity.  These aspects of photography need to be instinctual to capture the fleeting moments that make for great images.  This session, the first of three on the basics of photography, will cover:

How to determine proper exposure and select the exposure that gets you the image that you envision…

  • Selecting whether to use the matrix, center-weighted, or spot meter
  • Setting the f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Calculating equivalent exposures
  • Compensating for unusual conditions (at least for the camera)
  • Using aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure modes

How to verify that exposure is correct…

  • Bracketing exposures
  • Using the histogram to fine tune exposure
  • Adding exposure compensation
  • Learning when to ignore the histogram

How to use exposure as a creative decision

  • Choosing the “right” exposure out of many correct exposures
  • Using the aperture to emphasis the subject
  • Using the shutter speed to stop and exaggerate motion
  • Exaggerating motion with long exposures