Nadav Spiegelman

Understanding Exposure

Author
Bryan Peterson
My last highlight
2017-04-15
Number of highlights
5

My Highlights

Small apertures (f/16, f/22, and f/32) are the creative force behind what I call storytelling exposures (this is exposure option 1)—images that show great depth of field (see this page for a thorough discussion of depth of field). Large apertures (f/2.8, f/4, and f/5.6) are the creative force behind what I call singular-theme or isolation exposures (option 2)—images that show shallow depth of field. The middle-of-the-road apertures (f/8 and f/11) are what I call “Who cares?” exposures (option 3)—those in which depth of field is of no concern.
Fast shutter speeds (1/250 sec., 1/500 sec., and 1/1000 sec.) are the creative force behind exposures that freeze action (option 5), while slow shutter speeds (1/60 sec., 1/30 sec., and 1/15 sec.) are the creative force behind panning (option 6). The superslow shutter speeds (1/4 sec., 1/2 sec., and 1 second) are the creative force behind exposures that imply motion (option 7).
If you’re relatively new to photography and have a camera with several light-meter options (matrix/evaluative, as well as center-weighted), I would strongly recommend using matrix 100 percent of the time.
I do recommend taking another exposure at −2/3 stop when shooting most any subject,
Mr. Green Jeans prefers to be exposed at −2/3.