With all the measurement and processing advantages of digital photography, exposure has been made easy to take for granted. The automatic exposure functions on today’s cameras are impressive pieces of technology, and indeed they are quite capable of producing excellent images all on their own (hence the Auto setting on virtually every single modern camera). There is something to be said for this, as it makes photography considerably more inviting and approachable, and is in no small part responsible for the democratization of photography that we’ve been enjoying for several decades (aided by autofocus, always-with-you cell-phone cameras, advanced post-production tools, and the ease of sharing and displaying digital images online). ...

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