How your composition can trick your light meter

This week I’ll show you how your composition can trick your light meter The light meter in your camera is a sophisticated bit of kit. It has a few different settings and each one has it’s own uses but most people will keep it in the multi meter mode. In this setting, sometimes your composition can trick this into producing a bad image. Basically, the light meter will look at the whole image and try to give you a good exposure. When there is a lot of dark parts in the image, the light meter will brighten it up and when there is a lot of bright areas in the image, the light meter will drop the exposure down. This is all well and good, but when the subject is darker than the surrounding parts of the image, it will tend to be under exposed. On the other hand, if the subject is surrounded by a lot of dark parts, it will tend to be over exposed. There are a few ways to counteract this, depending on what setting you are in. Generally, if you are shooting in Auto mode, everything is automatic, so you won’t be able to compensate […]

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The direction of Light

This week I’ll show you how the direction of light can affect your photographs Photography is all about light and the direction of light. If the light is coming from a complimentary direction, you image will look detailed and three dimensional. If it is straight on, for example in the same way as you’re taking the image, it tends to look flat and 2 dimensional. Neither is right or wrong, however, different situations will work better in different lighting directions. If we look in the same direction as the light is shining, basically where the light is on my back, all there details blend in to each other and textures are lost, the image looks flat. If we look into the direction of light, the image can work, but you just have to watch out for lens flare and a bleaching out of your photograph. When I look in a direction where the light is from the side or at an angle to the direction of the camera, it looks much better. Details and textures start to be visible and the image becomes more three dimensional. We are in the UAE at the moment, so there is plenty of strong […]

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Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed – When to change what

This week I’ll be showing you when and why you’d want to change your Aperture, shutter speed or ISO. The three most important settings to get familiar with on your camera are Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO. Either will change the exposure making it brighter or darker, however, they also change the image in other ways. So when do you change what? Basically, as well as changing the exposure: Aperture will change the depth of field Shutter-speed will change how much or little motion blur you have in the image ISO will change how sensitive the sensor is, when the number is too high, it will also introduce “noise” into your image. Aperture If you want as much as possible in focus, get your f number higher, up to about f16. This will make the depth of focus deep and bring a lot into focus. If you want a small part to be in focus, drop the f number as low as possible. This will make the depth of focus small and can give you the power, as a photographer, where you want the viewer to look. People are drawn to what is in focus, so this is very useful. […]

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Customising Your Sony Camera
November 2, 2017 by Mike in Camera setup, How to 0 Comments

Customising Your Sony Camera (A7 and RX10) This is aplicable to the sony a7ii, a7sii, a7rii and the rx10iii. (for the RX10iii scroll down past the A7 settings to the RX10iii section) I’m I suppose what you’d call a hybrid shooter. I shoot both video and photographs, so I’ve come up with the following setup for my camera to make it as easy as possible. The Sony menu system is one of those anomalies in the world where common sense seems to have been thrown out the window, however, it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Now this isn’t an in-depth guide on the menus, there are tonnes of those of youtube. This is just a quick setup of the essentials to get the things I use in a place where I can access them quickly and efficiently. There are basically three different customisable areas:   A7Sii Dials So the main settings you want access to are ISO, aperture and shutter speed. On the A7 cameras you have three dials, so it make sense to put these three settings on these dials. ISO on back dial, Shutter on back top dial and aperture on front finger dial.   On […]

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