Guest Post by Rich Harrington shows you how to use ACR's Fill/Recovery Command to fix a poorly exposed photo. DISCLAIMER: This post isn't intended to be definitive - we're not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the BEST way to accomplish this task in Photoshop, Aperture, iPhoto or any other post-prodcessing program. We're merely offering it as A way you might accomplish this task. These tips are free, offered only because they might be helpful to someone. __________________________________ … [Read more...] about Free Video Tutorial – How to use ACR’s Fill/Recovery Command to fix a poorly exposed photo.
Post & Photo by If you agree that light is one of the key elements that differentiate a good photograph from a snapshot, then its necessary to learn and understand proper exposure. Believe it or not, there was a time when cameras did not have built in light meters, let alone automatic exposure. In those Jurassic-era days, photographers either used a hand-held exposure meter or relied on the data sheet that was packaged with each roll of film, providing basic exposure guidelines for taking photographs in bright sun, hazy sun, or cloudy … [Read more...] about Photographers: Exposure Yourself
I posted this image a few days ago and one of my readers wrote a 3,200 word expose on how I was a horrible photographer because his high school photography teacher (Yep I am being schooled by a 17-year-old) told him that under NO circumstance should you ever fail to expose for detail in the highlights. Sorry junior - but your high school photography teacher is wrong - if that is indeed what he said. Sometimes it's just absolutely, positively okay to let the highlights go. I happen to think this photo is a perfect example of that. The idea of … [Read more...] about Sometimes It’s Okay To Overexpose
There are plenty of places to get basic exposure tips. Just enter the phrase "Basic Photo Exposure Tips" into Google and you'll see what I mean. Since the basics are easy to come by, I decided to write a post on some advanced exposure tips. I usually recommend using your camera with matrix or evaluative metering. These modes evaluate the entire scene, comparing levels of brightness, and then, using proprietary algorithms, come up with a correct exposure. Most of the time, the evaluative meter works just fine. The key to advanced exposure … [Read more...] about Advanced Photography Exposure Tips
This is a tough one. Many readers write and ask me, "What's the best exposure - all things being equal." Of course there is no "best exposure." Every situation is different. But there are some best practices to consider. These best practices assume application toward general photography. They don't apply to people who have a creative or technical reason to do it differently. In short, if you're NOT the kind of person who would ask this question, you may not need to read this post. (I'd write a longer disclaimer to deal with the pixel peepers … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Exposure Question
If you're having trouble getting the right exposure, here are some basic tips that might help you solve your problems. a. Use matrix or evaluative metering. Your camera's manual will tell you how to set this preference. It takes into account a wider area of scene information and attempts to balance the exposure to better compensate for contrasty light. b. Assuming you're shooting with digital cameras, and most of you are, expose for the highlights. That means, don't overexpose. Once you lose information in the highlights it's gone … [Read more...] about Exposure Tips
This article is dedicated to controlling the shutter. On older cameras, the shutter speed dial is engraved with numbers. Youd turn the dial and line up a number with a mark on the camera body. Today, you have an LCD to display the numbers, usually on the top panel of the camera and inside the viewfinder. On the older cameras, the series of numbers went something like this 4, 2, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 500, 1000. Notice that the three numbers on the left are red. Ill get to those in a minute. The rest of these numbers represent time in … [Read more...] about Exposure & Basic Camera Controls – The Shutter