Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Photography Tips: Exposure Value (EV) Expose Yourself !
So, if I took a photo at the shutterspeed and aperture I'm using, it would be underexposed by -2/3 EV.
The camera has a computer and sensors, all kinds of brainiac gadegtry in it but, it doesn't know what I want to show you in these photos. It reads the light and makes a judgement for proper exposure values (EV) based upon the whole scene showing in the frame.
What I want the person looking at my picture to see is the little orange tickmark on the EV Scale. So, the camera's judgement gets overruled. I underexposed by -2 EV to take these shots.
You can overexpose, underexpose, perfect expose or rip up all your photos, if you want to. It's your camera, you paid for it, I hope.
Even if you don't have a fancy DSLR, you can take control of your EV's. If you don't have a light meter, you can still make your camera take +EV or -EV photos.
Look it up in your camera manual; there is a way. This is just a primer so, you'll have to experiment on your own. But, before long, you'll notice an improvment in your photography.
Don't let your camera decide what Exposure Value (EV) you need. Get out there and expose yourself !