Posts Tagged ‘exposure’

Aperture Priority

Aperture priority, often abbreviated Av (for Aperture value) or A on a camera mode dial, is a setting that allows the user to choose a specific aperture value while the camera selects a shutter speed to match. The camera will ensure proper exposure. This is different from manual mode, where the user must decide both […]


Aperture refers to the size of the opening in the lens that determines the amount of light falling onto the sensor. The size of the opening is controlled by an adjustable diaphragm of overlapping blades similar to the pupils of our eyes. Aperture affects exposure and depth of field. Successive apertures halve the amount of […]

AE Lock

Auto Exposure Lock (sometimes called AEL) is an excellent method of gaining added control over exposure, without losing the speed and convenience of automation. In fact, since most photographers today use some form of auto exposure the majority of the time, an understanding of how AE Lock operates can add a new dimension to their […]


As we’ve talked in the previous topics about sensors and pixels, each photo is composed of a number of pixels. Each of these pixels have a certain level of brightness, ranging from 0 (black) to 255 (white). A histogram is a graphical representation of these levels of brightness for the entire photo.

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Night Photography – Equipment and Exposure

As I said in the last post, taking top quality night photos can also be achieved with just basic equipment. Since almost all of compact cameras have an automatic night mode, they can be used for taking night photos. Many of these cameras also have a complete manual mode for advanced users where you can […]