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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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36. UNDERSTAND THE BASICS OF EXPOSURE

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FOR OUR PURPOSES, the term “exposure” refers to the particular combination of camera settings used to create a given image. While this topic could easily fill an entire book of its own, it’s worth discussing briefly here because even the most beautifully composed photo won’t do you much good if the exposure is way off. In that sense, exposure and composition go hand in hand.

In many cases, the camera spares you from having to give exposure too much (if any) thought, which may initially sound great, but can leave you feeling pretty helpless (and frustrated) in situations where the camera gets the exposure wrong ...

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