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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Exposure drills.

Q: WHAT DRILLS WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF TO REALLY DRIVE HOME EXPOSURE SO WELL THAT IT’S LIKE BREATHING? I FEEL LIKE I’M TRYING HARD, BUT IT’S NOT SETTING IN. I GET NERVOUS, I FORGET. I HATE IT!

A: Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Exposure is made with a combination of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. That’s it. Well, except when we introduce flash. Don’t worry about that yet. Shutter. Aperture. ISO. That’s it. Every scene in front of you will require X aperture @ Y shutter speed @ Z ISO.

Head out the door for an hour and shoot at ISO 200 at f4. You’ve now locked down two out of three exposure variables. All you have to figure out with your in-camera meter is shutter speed. Don’t change ISO. Don’t change aperture. Just shutter speed. ...

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