Creative Exposure Part One: The Exposure Triangle

May 03, 2017

Creative Exposure Part One: The Exposure Triangle

If you are just getting started in photography, exposure is one of the first things you need learn.

But even beyond that, getting a good handle on exposure and how the different components of exposure work together is essential if you want to take control of your photography and the images that you are creating.

I’m talking about creative exposure. This is the term photographers often use to describe the ability to control exposure in a way that goes beyond ensuring that an image is properly lit. There’s so much more to understanding exposure than “too dark", “too bright", “just right".

So for the next several posts, we will be talking all about exposure, the many ways it effects the look of an image and how you can control it so that you can capture the images that you want. And we’re going to try to do this without getting too bogged down in the details.

So we’ll start at the very beginning.

The first thing we are going to look at is the exposure triangle. The exposure triangle is a visual aid photographers use to help understand the relationship between the three components of exposure–aperture, shutter speed, and ISO–and how they need to be in balance to give proper exposure.

creative exposure part one the exposure triangle

In the video below, Mark Wallace from AdoramaTV walks us through the basics of the exposure triangle.

This is just the beginning! There's lots more to learn about exposure. Check back for our next post where we will be talking about exposure reciprocity.

For Further Reading…

The Exposure Triangle: Understanding How Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Work Together

Learning about Exposure – The Exposure Triangle




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