This is a great introduction to how light is used and measured in a photo and how that affects creative decision when composing a photograph. If you are just starting out in photography and trying to really understand the differences between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, this would be a good article to read!
We’ve talked about the philosophy of photography and offered a two-part overview of the craft, and now we’re ready to dig deeper. As Ming Thein discussed in his posts, light is crucial to this process. No light, no photograph.
Wenjie Zhang, the photographer at A Certain Slant of Light, is passionate about architecture, landscape, still life, and travel photography. Here in part one, Wenjie introduces exposure and three elements: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Next week, he’ll wrap up our light lesson and discuss the quality and direction of light, and more. Much of what’s covered below applies to those of you with SLRs and dSLRs and cameras with manual modes, but we’ll sprinkle in tips for those with cameraphones and point-and-shoot cameras, too.
At the heart of every photo is a story, and like ink and paper, many elements come together to tell that story. One…
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