Setting The Right Exposure for your Camera

  Posted in Camera on

  by Dave Kim

 

Setting The Right Exposure for your Camera

When you are planning to take professional shots on your camera, whether it is a manual or digital one, you need to have the right exposure settings on it. The exposure of a camera depends on the shutter speed and aperture. You need to understand these features correctly and how to use them in order to set the proper exposure. That will help you not having to depend on automatic settings.

Usually, the automatic exposure setting will give you a clear picture even in varying weather conditions and lighting. Usually, an automatic setting is a mid-level exposure that allows most pictures to come clear in bright to medium light conditions. However, if the vivid colors or lights are low crisp images would not come through. This is something you need to take care of when you wish to have professional images.

Proper exposure is not hard to understand. Understand the camera’s aperture you have and how wide the lens would open if and when you snap a photo. That, in turn, will affect depth of field as well as the light that reaches the light or film sensor.

Apertures are usually determined by F stops on a camera. The settings allow the lens to open wide or stay narrow. The general rule of thumb that is followed is that, the lower the F-stop number, the more exposure allowed in. This is a requirement when the general shooting conditions are in low light. This helps prevent underexposure of your images. When you have bright lighting conditions you can choose a higher F-stop number, which limits the light that passes through and prevents the images taken to be overexposed.

Besides the aperture setting, the shutter speed would also affect exposure on a camera. For instance, the slower the speed of the shutter, the more light that is allowed in. Shutter speeds are fractions of seconds when the shutter remains open. This can be 1/100th or 1/30th. If lighting conditions are poor, the shutter speed needs to be slower while in bright lights the time can be short. The perfect balance of shutter speed and aperture is tricky. As the lighting conditions can differ, you need to experiment with the exposure settings accordingly. With a digital camera, it becomes easy to test with different settings and see the differences in the different images taken. With experience and experimentation, you are sure to come up with the right combination that leads to professional images being clicked. My friend who owns Rid-Of-It Vancouver is a master at getting the right combination and always takes great photos for his business.