Chapter 7

Getting Creative with Exposure


Exploring advanced exposure modes: P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, and C2

Getting a grip on aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

Choosing an exposure metering mode

Tweaking exposure results

Taking advantage of Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB)

Using advanced flash options

By using the simple exposure modes we cover in Chapter 3, you can take good pictures with your Canon 80D. But to fully exploit your camera’s capabilities — and, more importantly, to exploit your creative capabilities — you need to explore your camera’s advanced exposure modes, represented on the Mode dial by the letters P, Tv, Av, M, B, C1, and C2.

This chapter explains everything you need to know to start taking advantage of these modes. First, you get an introduction to three critical exposure controls: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. In addition, this chapter explains advanced exposure features, such as exposure compensation and metering modes, and digs deeper into the topic of flash photography.

Kicking Your Camera into High Gear

For full access to all your camera’s exposure controls, set the Mode dial to one of its advanced exposure modes, highlighted in Figure 7-1.


FIGURE 7-1: To fully control exposure and other picture properties, choose one of these exposure modes.

Using these modes lets you manipulate two critical exposure controls, aperture and shutter ...

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