DSLR Tips: Understanding Exposure

Switching from your camera’s automatic settings to manual is inevitable as you delve deeper into your DSLR settings. Needless to say, this is crucial if you are truly serious about improving your photography skills. On that note, we shall be exploring exposure, the elements related to it, and how it can ultimately affect the composition of your photograph.

Basically, exposure refers to how much light is perceived by your camera. You have to get it just right. For instance, too much exposure and the image will be too bright with much of the details becoming obscured. On the other hand, underexposure can cause the image to become too dark. Needless to say, neither scenario is desirable.

At the end of the day, at the risk of sounding reductive, exposure comes as the result of the interplay between three elements. Namely, these are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Separate discussions can be made with regards to how you can play around with these elements. Playing around with their different settings can lead to interesting results, so we highly recommend that you do just that.