And on Tuesday,
there were sure signs of spring,
as if the winds did stir the soil
and shake the buds free…
One of the reasons I really want to master Manual Mode is because I think I can find perfect exposure there. Our auto settings are first, close, but not perfect for each circumstance, and also, it’s a general setting, not an artistic one. There may be times when an under-exposed or over-exposed image conveys or expresses your desired affect better. So, the first thing I can suggest to you in seaking the perfect exposure is this: use your light meter!!
In the viewfinder:
From the top:
On the back:
(Images taken from Google Images)
Today’s DSLRs have “through-the-lens” or “behind-the-lens” light meters, vs hand-held spot meters used way-back-when or by those doing extensive work with flash photography. You’ll notice that there is a positive (+) and negative (-) side to the scale. When the scale lies on the positive side, it indicates that your image will be overexposed(lighter), and when the scale lies on the negative side, it indicates that your image will be underexposed (darker). Again, sometimes you might want to set your camera one or two marks off of zero, or even more, depending on what you are trying to achieve. I would suggest, if this is your first time in manual, try to keep it near zero while you are first learning manual mode.
How do you get to zero??
That depends again, on what you are trying to achieve, but remember that you can get there by manipulating your
ISO :: higher ISO = lighter
aperature :: lower aperature setting, or more open aperature = lighter
shutter speed :: slower shutter speed = lighter
Next week, I’ll give you some scenerios when you might choose to under- or overexpose your photos.
Now. Go play. Show me what you can do. And don’t forget to invite your friends to play along… the more, the merrier!