The EV Compensation dial on the Fuji X-T1 camera.

The internal meter in your camera is always trying to balance your settings to create what it thinks is a proper exposure. In the “mind” of the camera meter, it thinks that everything is balanced if it is gray. For most subjects, such as light skintone and green grass, the meter is usually going to […]

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The previous Exposure Tactics post, explored understanding the difference between how Lightroom, Photoshop, and light meters measure exposure.  Now we continue to look at working with the files in postproduction. Exposure Tweaks in Lightroom & Camera Raw Calibrated computer monitors are great for displaying color and brightness. Unfortunately, the human visual system just can’t tell if […]

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A properly exposed RAW photograph offers almost unlimited creative possibility.

This Exposure Tactics post explains what a “technically proper” exposure is and how to get there. Remember I said technically proper, not creatively right. The sensors in our cameras don’t necessarily match the sensitivity of our light meter. Sad and true. This can make it difficult to judge exposure and get things right. One meter […]

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a new book called the Photofocus Guide: Develop Great Images in Lightroom.  This book is almost done and we’ll be giving away free copies soon to all our readers thanks to Mosaic.  Be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center. There is a direct connection between the histogram and the […]

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A RAW file open in Camera Raw 8.4 shows the color values for white, middle gray and black before it is white balanced.

What comes after using an incident meter to set the exposure? Setting a neutral color balance then refining the exposure, both in post production. I always refine the exposure after neutralizing the color. Before going into the steps for either one, here’s some background on digital captures, especially RAW files. (You are shooting RAW aren’t […]

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2279-PSU Lighting Article Photographs

Exposure can be really confusing. It’s particularly so with modern digital cameras. Why? The type of light meters built into cameras is a big reason. Those meters are reflective meters. They measure the amount of light bouncing off of a subject. A reflective meter’s exposure makes what ever it sees 12.5% gray. Always. Here’s an […]

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On Monday, we told you about our two iBooks… The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure and Secrets of HDR.  These books are truly interactive with audio, video, quizzes, and scaling images.  While many of you have already downloaded them, a many of you couldn’t as at that time they were only available for iPad. I’ll […]

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