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Nailing Your Exposures - Part 1

Getting a good exposure out of your camera seems pretty basic, but it’s not. Over the years, I’ve had many photographers second shoot with me at weddings and, for the most part, their exposures are all over the place. I see it all the time in my workshops too: photographers who have years of experience and should know better, just cross their fingers as they shoot and hope they come away with something usable.

There’s a better way though. It’s all about starting with the basics and really understanding what the camera is telling you. I’ve created a three part tutorial to lay it all out. And “it” all starts with the histogram.

Feedback is always appreciated.

John

8 Responses to “Nailing Your Exposures - Part 1”

  1. Raquita Says:

    I really really appreciate the video but hte music was a tad distracting. but I certianly thank you - this is something I have been fighting with…

  2. merick Says:

    Finally figured out how to log-in so I could leave you a “thanks” …great tutorial and really helpful, agree with the other commentor on the music, but the teaching was so good, didn’t really mind. Thank you! as usual…you rock!

  3. Tim Halberg Says:

    great post. Love the techy stuff.

    I’m always amazed at photographer’s ability to shoot without a sense of exposure.

    I’ve always shot manual and nailed the exposure where I wanted it but never did so with the histogram until the last 6 months and I must say that I’m LOVING my histogram soooo much better than the “blinking highlights” lol

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and I hope a bunch of other photogs pick up and learn from this.

  4. Pamela Breese Says:

    I really appreciated the thorough explanation! I am no longer scared of the histogram!
    I look forward to checking out the next 2 installments,

  5. renee Says:

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing your knowledge. I am thrilled to go to this site and learn! I am looking forward to the 3rd installment. I personally like the music addition, however, my input is it almost over powering your voice. Bunches of thanks.

  6. Jodi Says:

    Wow, this was great! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. Can’t wait to go home and use this!

  7. Sara Says:

    Thanks so much. Very clear and easy to follow. Can’t wait for the next two! (I agree with the first comment about the music…)

  8. Amyb Says:

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s one of the most clear explanations of a histogram and the various values/what it shows that I’ve ever seen!!!

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