YOUR GUIDE TO CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
It has been a big week here in the office. With the weather warming up, Christmas approaching (around 8 weeks to go eekkk!!) and holding a Capture Your Child Workshop on Saturday, I am feeling the weeks go by very quickly!
The workshop was great fun and I had such a lovely group of ladies. I will be doing a blog post with photos in the next few days to share more about the day. But for now, here is what I always promise on a Tuesday. My next installment, this one being titles Exposing Correctly. Enjoy :)
This is a good follow on from last weeks post on The Exposure Triangle. I hope you had some light bulb moments with it! When deciding what shutter speed, aperture and ISO to use, you are really trying to find the best way of exposing the image correctly. The exposure meter inside your camera will really help you with finding the correct exposure. This can be found when looking through your viewfinder. I normally expose my images between 0 to +1 at least. I find that I hardly ever sit on the ‘perfect exposure’ of 0 as I have learnt that with my camera, the image would be too dark. In only time that I don’t overexpose, is when the scene that I am shooting is quite bright already. This is when the ideal exposure in camera is used. However, I slightly overexpose all my images to make sure that it is not too dark and that detail hasn’t been lost. In saying that, be careful that you are not overexposing too much, as blowing out the highlights also means loss of detail.
The diagram below shows an indication of what you will generally see in your viewfinder down the bottom and what type of exposures you would get if you were to expose them at the different shutter speeds. This would be with using the same aperture & ISO, just changing the exposure with shutter speed.
Please keep in mind that I am a Canon girl, so Nikon people, please be aware that your exposure meter will be back to front in this diagram. Exposure compensation will look completely different for you.
Each camera is different, so when trialing exposure compensation in your camera, just have a practice and see what kind of images you are getting with the different compensations that you are using (over or under exposing). It also comes down to personal taste and how you like your images to be. Some cameras also have no issue with this, however they are the latest models around. I look forward to upgrading mine in the next few months :)
ASSIGNMENT: Have a play around with the exposure meter and see how much you feel you need to compensate to get the exposure you want. Where does is sit for you?
What to do next? I would love for you to share your photos from this assignment on my Facebook Page.
Would you love to learn more about photographing your children and how to use your Digital SLR? Come and join one of my Capture Your Child Workshops! I will teach you everything from the basic theory on how an image is captured to using natural light and how to compose an image. More information about my workshops can be found here.
I hope you found this post useful and please comment below if you have any questions!