Beginners Guide To Exposure

With today’s technology and highly sophisticated cameras that 'set the exposure automatically to suit the scene’, how could one go wrong with exposures? Read on, Mike Bell explains the things you need to know

So far in this series I have looked at how aperture, shutter speed and ISO should be carefully chosen. These are the three variables we all have to decide on and they combine to determine how much light we record from our chosen scene i.e. the exposure. But what is the right exposure for a scene?

Modern cameras will tell you the 'correct' exposure and most beginner landscape photographers rely on their camera's exposure meter a lot. I know I did when I began. I set my DSLR to aperture priority, chose my aperture to obtain sufficient depth of field, my ISO to 100 for best image quality and then happily let my camera choose the shutter speed. My Canon DSLR had evaluative metering which Canon claimed to be 'an all round metering mode' which 'sets the exposure automatically to suit the scene' – how could I go wrong? Well, most of the time the camera did a decent job, but sometimes I was disappointed. Typically I would…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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