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Shutter Priority

What is Shutter Priority and How to Use Shutter Priority

Last week, we talked about Aperture Priority. Now, let’s look at Shutter Priority. Shutter Priority enables you to set your shutter speed while the in camera meter will continually change your aperture (f/stop) to achieve a good exposure. This setting could be helpful for a variety of reasons. Suppose you’re shooting sports, your kids playing,
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The Sunny 16 Rule and Other Camera Exposure Rules

The Sunny 16 Rule and Other Camera Exposure Rules

The Sunny 16 Rule is not just a rule for your Grandfather’s generation. Learning these old photography rules will teach you how cameras and exposures work.

Bulb Setting on SLR

Bulb Setting on Camera

The Bulb Setting on your camera allows you to hold the shutter curtain open for as long as you like. It’s typically used for exposures longer than 30 seconds.

Photographing a Lunar Eclipse

Photographing a Lunar Eclipse

The next Lunar Eclipse will be Dec 20 – 21, 2010; here are some exposure tips to help you photograph it!

10 Tips for Photographing Halloween

Tips for photographing halloween

Ham it up; fill your frame; jack-o-lanterns, how to photograph ghosts … and much more!

Back to the Basics: Exposure Triangle

Exposure Triangle

We have just taken complete control over the image exposure, depth of field and sharpness! Say goodbye to Auto mode!

Back to the Basics: ISO

Exposure Triangle - ISO

ISO is a measurement of how sensitive the film or digital sensor is to light. It’s not just for your film cameras. Although you’re not loading a digital camera with a specific speed of film, setting the ISO is just as important.

Back to the Basics: Shutter Speed

Exposure Triangle: Shutter Speed

Shutter speed determines the amount of time that the shutter is open. It’s measured in fractions of seconds. As with Aperture, from one shutter speed to the next, the time is halved or doubled.

Back to the Basics: Aperture / F-stop

Exposure Triangle: Aperture

When shooting in lower light, you need a larger aperture setting on your camera (larger hole). When shooting in brighter light, you need a smaller aperture setting (smaller hole). Changing the size of the hole controls the amount of light that hits the sensor / film. Aperture is measured by f-stops. You may have seen them written this way: f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 f/16, etc

Photographic Filters, Part 2: Polarizers and Neutral Density Filters

Camera Filters

Polarizing and Neutral Density filters work similarly in both color and black and white photography. Polarizers will deepen blue skies, increase color saturation, remove / reduce glare and reflections in water and glass, cut through haze, increase contrast, etc.

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