This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 3 – Exposure. (All photos were taken with Nikon D750.)
A young and brilliant photographer Spencer Cox, whose photos I like a lot, wrote the following in his article Composition Tip: Give your Subjects Breathing Space : “Composition has no correct answer. The best you can do is to create something that looks good to you, or looks good to your intended audience.”
Got it. But… can we say the same thing about exposure?
About 3 years ago I watched a video of a professional woman photographer speaking about portrait photographing. If I remember it right, she said something like: don’t be afraid of over exposing. She then showed us several of her over-exposed portraits. I frowned… those photos were too bright (white) and they looked two dimensional. But, in a strange way, they attracted me. I guess it is true that one can break the rules if he knows them.
I am not as experienced or as confident as that woman. I don’t intend to try under or over exposing for any of my photos for another 5 or 10 years 😉 However, since I didn’t use manual mode for very long, accident happened. 😉
Oops. I forgot to check the exposure meter; I forgot I was using the manual mode. However, this photo gives me a dreamy feeling, and it looks like a quick sketch, so I kind of like it. I mean… I wish I didn’t make the mistake, but the photo is somewhat interesting to me. (I am weird, I know.)
(I am adding a black and white here per Raj’s request. Raj is right. I like the b&w much better.)
Here is a better one.
Now I have a question: Since most of the time we do edit our photos (post-processing), do these original settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) really mean anything?
Also, I don’t understand why some of my photos were under exposed (manual mode) even though I was setting the exposure according to the camera meter. (I guess I have to figure this one out myself.)
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