What IFS

Over the course of my career, I developed a shooting method I refer to as my “What IFS,” which stands for ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed. When making an exposure, I start with my ISO, and then I choose my depth of field, and finally, my shutter speed. There’s no rule that says you must approach exposures any particular way, and I’m not suggesting my way is the only line of attack, but it’s what works best for me. Whether or not you choose to adopt my process, you’ll find that having a routine exposure method is helpful.

Consistent exposures make assignments go so much easier and far less stressful. As a photojournalist, you’ll be required to operate under strenuous, often harsh, conditions. Reducing unnecessary stressors such as exposure ...

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