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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Exposure Basics

Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of photography. Photography, as I’ve already espoused, is the art of capturing light. The real artistry and skill, though, comes from the control and manipulation of that light.

It’s important to understand how the digital sensor in your camera sees and interprets that light. Any aspect of the camera’s functions that affects the light entering the camera, the period of time at which that light is revealed to the sensor, or the electronic manipulation of the sensor’s sensitivity to the light makes up the elements of exposure.

My Cup Runneth

Imagine light for a moment as water. Instead of exposing an image, I want to fill a glass with water. My glass is a fixed size, so I need only so much ...

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