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I’ve heard students scream “I wanna go back to auto” when they start to work on manual exposure. Never after they’ve worked with it. Actually there are times to go back to auto, and this session will help you to understand when. In the meantime, how many times will you ruin that one-chance-in-a lifetime moment through slavery to auto-exposure? Exposure Workshop will help you understand light’s role in the digital process, and how to capture it with precision every time.

The histogram of this landscape is inset within the photo. Before long you’ll understand how
adjusting the former enables you to capture the latter.

The goal of the exposure workshop is to give students a clear process for setting shutter speed, aperture and ISO in priority sequence. We cover a lot of information in our second session, but with practice, you will find that the concepts are not that difficult.

Here are the topic we cover:

-       KEY CONTROLS: Shutter speed, aperture & ISO

  • What 1 stop “open” and “closed” means
  • Aperture size
  • f relationships and “stops”
  • The aperture scale

-       A logical priority process: Shutter, Aperture, ISO

-       An alternative creative process: Shutter + Aperture; then ISO to match

-       Metering techniques

-       Contrast

-       Exposing for highlights or shadows

-       Usage & exposure variations

-       Adjusted zone system for digital

-       Looking at exposure options on AV & TV

-       Sensor / film sensitivity and techniques

Remember that we can help you if you’re switching to analogue too! E-mail me at

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