Exposing to the Right – Revisited

Most of us at one point or another have heard or read the maxim in digital photography commonly titled “expose to the right”. But do you really do this on a regular basis, and do you know how? More importantly do you know why? I’ll try to answer these questions as simply as I can and also provide some tips to put this practice into use every time you go out and shoot. After all, I don’t know of a single photographer that doesn’t want to come home with the highest quality images possible.

Many of the students I work with seem to be unclear about exposing to the right, and I think part of this can be attributed to 2 main reasons:

  1. Not having a full understanding of the reading and use of the histogram
  2. Depending on the LCD preview on the back of the camera as a way to aesthetically judge proper exposure, color, and contrast. Continue Reading

Photo Critique – Garden of the Gods by Jim Hamilton.

Garden of the Gods by Jim Hamilton

Garden of the Gods by Jim Hamilton

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos for last week’s assignment, Use Your Histogram. From the descriptions some of you added to your photos, it’s obvious you’re getting the hang of adjusting your exposure based on reading the histogram – great job! Continue Reading

Week 2 – Use Your Histogram

Modern cameras are pretty good at determining the proper camera settings for making properly exposed photos, but if you are going to consistently achieve well-exposed images you will eventually need to take your camera out of program mode and make your own decisions regarding exposure. Back in olden times (about ten years ago,) we shot film and couldn’t see our results until that film was developed. I know I regularly threw out a number of slides per roll due to poor exposure, despite using several techniques for determining proper exposure. With the advent of the histogram in digital cameras, there really is no need to improperly expose an image if you are paying attention. Continue Reading