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The Elements of Photography, 2nd Edition by Angela Faris Belt

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IMAGE © ANGELA FARIS BELT, Inside Outside, 2010.

METERING AND EXPOSURE

UNLIKE ANY OTHER VISUAL IMAGE, A PHOTOGRAPH IS NOT A RENDERING, AN IMITATION OR AN INTERPRETATION OF ITS SUBJECT, BUT ACTUALLY A TRACE OF IT. NO PAINTING OR DRAWING, HOWEVER NATURALIST, BELONGS TO ITS SUBJECT IN THE WAY THAT A PHOTOGRAPH DOES. —JOHN BERGER

To beginning photographers in my college courses and workshops I say, “In order to make successful photographs, you first have to understand basic technical aspects of exposure.” And they reply, “Why should I do that when my camera figures out exposure for me? All I have to do is use Program mode!”

The answer is simple. ...

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