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Better Compensation (Exposure Compensation, that is!)

(This is a mostly a repeat of what I covered on June 21, by request from those that couldn't get in.)

How does being able to use the camera at the "speed of life" sound? Using the camera in “Manual” mode can be a very powerful thing. But there are times when using the technology in our cameras can be a great time-saver. The Semi-Automatic Modes (Aperture, Shutter, Program) are very powerful tools, and when combined with the Exposure Compensation control, can handle most photographic situations.

In fact, most of the great images that we’ve ever seen can be captured using one of the semi-automatic modes. So, let’s get together and talk about getting away from the automatic modes and how to get the most out of the “Program”, “Aperture” and “Shutter” modes (P,A,Av,S,Tv). We’ll talk about how these modes work, and how to choose the best one for a situation. We’ll also briefly explore when Manual is the only option.

What to bring:

1)  Any digital camera that is capable of shooting in the Program, Aperture and Shutter modes and supports Exposure Compensation.

2)  A small tripod is suggested to help with consistency.

3)  Enthusiasm and any questions that you’d like to have answered.

We'll start by talking about how the camera determines exposure. We’ll look at the parts of a manual, film based camera and how aperture and shutter work. We’ll then learn how the modern camera works in these modes, including metering and exposure compensation. We’ll then use our digital cameras in each of the different modes to capture images that best fit various situations.

This is for those that sometimes use the automatic modes and perhaps occasionally use one of the others. If you’re already comfortable in using Manual mode, this would be a review.

We’ll meet in the brand new "C21" facility (previously known as the Briargate Library). We'll be in conference room B6. We’ll start shortly after 6:00pm (after I set up) and go until about 8:00pm.

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  • Christopher W.

    Hey Dave--I have a follow up question on the variable background lighting control using exp. comp. with flash in Aperture Priority: where you using ETTL or Manual flash settings (or does it matter)?

    July 10, 2014

    • Dave S.

      I was using E-TTL for that demo, although the same thing would happen in manual flash settings. In either flash mode, we'd set the power for the flash, but the light fall off wouldn't reach the background. The background exposure is controlled by the mode and we showed both P (which minimizes the background exposure) and A (which tries for a background exposure).

      July 10, 2014

    • Dave S.

      The distance between the flash and subject was about 6 feet. The distance to the background was about twice that. The light fall off is about 2 stops darker which is why the flash had little impact on the background.

      July 10, 2014

  • Debbi L.

    Learning in leaps and bounds in Dave's classes. Okay, hops and jumps, but still... So much improvement, and looking forward to more. Thanks. Dave!

    July 10, 2014

  • Christopher W.

    Always learn something new from Dave Smith. Thanks!

    July 10, 2014

  • Warren R.

    Dave is a great teacher. I learn something every time I attend his classes.

    July 9, 2014

  • Phil K.


    July 9, 2014

  • Lindy W.

    Sorry Dave - last minute change in plans, I won't be able to make it after all. Catch you next time!

    July 9, 2014

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