Chapter 4

Taking Charge of Exposure

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Getting a grip on exposure settings: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

check Exploring advanced exposure modes: P, Tv, Av, and M

check Choosing a metering mode

check Tweaking autoexposure results

check Taking advantage of Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB)

Understanding exposure is one of the most intimidating challenges for a new photographer. Discussions of the topic are loaded with technical terms — aperture, metering, shutter speed, ISO, and the like. Add the fact that your camera offers many exposure controls, all sporting equally foreign names, and it’s no wonder that many people decide to stick with Auto exposure mode and let the camera take care of all exposure decisions.

I fully relate to the confusion you may be feeling — I’ve been there. But I can also promise that when you take things nice and slow, digesting a piece of the exposure pie at a time, the topic is not as complicated as it seems on the surface. The payoff will be worth your time, ...

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