Exposure Basics

There’s more to exposure than measuring light. There’s the technical side, starting with the little-mentioned fact that exposure for digital cameras is different from exposure for film cameras from the “olden days.” Then there are the aesthetic considerations, such as making your photos lighter or darker for creative reasons.

The purpose of this guide is to explain the principles of exposure for photographers who use digital cameras. By the end of it, you will understand how to take a photo that is correctly exposed using the tools provided for you by your digital single-lens reflex (SLR) or mirrorless camera.

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