Archive for the ‘Exposure’ Category

Depth of Field (some card tricks to help)

When I bought my first DSLR camera (upgrading from a point and shoot) I imagined the buying a “decent” camera would instantly improve my photography. Buying this camera, I assumed would bring outstanding quality to my images and I had visions of my masterpieces being exhibited and published. Students our courses at Beck Photographic told […]


The shutterspeed determines how long the sensor is exposed to light. Normally this is achieved by a mechanical shutter between the lens and the sensor which opens and closes for a time period determined by the shutterspeed. For instance, a shutter speed of 1/125s will expose the sensor for 1/125th of a second. Electronic shutters […]


The metering system in a digital camera measures the amount of light in the scene and calculates the best-fit exposure value based on the metering mode explained below. Automatic exposure is a standard feature in all digital cameras. All you have to do is select the metering mode, point the camera and press the shutter […]

Exposure Compensation

The camera’s metering system will sometimes determine the wrong exposure value needed to correctly expose the image. This can be corrected by the “EV Compensation” feature found in prosumer and professional cameras. Typically the EV compensation ranges from -2.0 EV to +2.0 EV with adjustments in steps of 0.5 or 0.3 EV. Some digital SLRs […]


The exposure is the amount of light received by the sensor and is determined by how wide you open the lens diaphragm (aperture) and by how long you keep the sensor exposed (shutterspeed). The effect an exposure has depends on the sensitivity of the sensor (ISO sensitivity). Accredited online photography schools can teach you more […]