Exposing For The Light

I have said elsewhere that today’s technology is superb, the built-in metering system in all cameras is very accurate, and, of course, one can get away without using a separate spot meter.  Using the camera’s live view feature and the exposure simulation function, it is easy to compose, focus and expose very accurately for a precise part of the scene.

Let’s take things from the beginning though.  Cameras expose very accurately and one look at the exposure bar and histogram will tell you so.  That is not what I am referring to in this article though.  Just because the camera says your exposure is spot on and the histogram shows the proof of the pudding, does this also mean that you have exposed the scene properly?  At this point you need to think again.

Take this image for example.  The camera suggested an exposure that was highly accurate for the whole scene.  However, this was...

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Dimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.

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