Fundamentals of the Craft #2: Understanding Exposure & Exposure Modes


What exactly is the 'Exposure Triangle' and how do I use it? 

Is it OK to use 'Auto' or 'Program' modes? What's the difference between the two?

Will my pictures come out better if I use Manual exposure? 

What does Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Exposure Compensation mean and when should I use them? 

My camera has Sports/Action, Landscape , Portrait & 'Indoor Party' modes. Should I be using these settings? (The answer is NO)

If you secretly or not so secretly struggle with any of these questions, this event is for you! 

Information Overload

Maybe the biggest obstacle to learning photography these days is too much information. So many websites, tutorials, blog posts, forums and other resources out there and their advice is often conflicting. And it doesn't help that cameras today all have a  gajillion options. It's easy to see why so many people get a little confused when it comes to one of the most fundamental aspects of photography: Exposure. But it doesn't have to bethat way....exposure is actually a pretty straightforward concept and I'll do my best to demystify it.

Practical Basics - emphasis on the practical

I like to say that I  don't know everything my camera can do and neither should you. I'll cover the theory behind exposure and the tools you have to control it in your images but, more importantly, I'll also present one view on which dials/options/modes are important and which ones can be ignored.  It's just my opinion..take it for what it's worth, but it explains why I only use two exposure modes for 99.9% of my photography  and might help you wrap your mind  around this topic.  If anything is still unclear, there will also be plenty of time to ask any questions you have. 

Photo Contest & Group Gallery Show

Finally, don't forget to enter the SoCal Summer Photo Contest for a chance to have your image included in a month long gallery exhibit at Artlife! It's completely free to enter up to 5 images. Click the link above for more details. 

Hope to see you at Artlife for this event and on opening night!


Date: July 22, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 10:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: ArtLife


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