Photography Week

Photography Week No. 378

The world's best-selling digital photography magazine, Photography Week is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography. Every issue we bring you inspirational images, creative ideas, must-try photo projects and in-depth video reviews, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how to get the best from your camera, so you can capture and edit images you can be proud of. Designed specifically for mobile devices, each issue features reader galleries, how-to articles and step-by-step videos that will help you become a better photographer. It's your one-stop shop for all things photographic.

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join the club…

Welcome to the world’s No.1 weekly digital photography magazine. If you’re already a reader, thanks for your continued support and involvement; if you’re new to Photography Week, you’ve come to the right place! In addition to expert advice, brilliant tips and step-by-step tutorials, every issue features interactive galleries of the best new photos, how-to videos on essential shooting and editing techniques, and in-depth reviews of the latest camera kit. But that’s not the whole story. Photography Week is more than a magazine – it’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. To get involved, just follow any of the links below and share your shots and comments – your photo might even appear on our cover! JOIN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK COMMUNITY AND START SHARING! FACEBOOK http://tiny.cc/7s2zgy TWITTER http://tiny.cc/xt2zgy FLICKR http://tiny.cc/nv2zgy We’re more than just a magazine…

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total exposure

We take for granted the minor miracle of light metering that takes place with every shot we take, but it’s worth stepping back and looking more closely at how your camera achieves this, as well as how you can take control of the process. What constitutes correct exposure is not the same for everyone, and you should always feel free to step outside of the normal parameters in search of original and unique expression. My mantra in the field is “expose for your subject”. Whatever is most important in the frame is likely to be where I want my exposure to be perfect. But getting the camera to understand your idea of perfect is not always that simple. Your choice of lens and metering mode can influence the consistency with which…

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metering modes explained

Metering modes typically vary how much of the frame is being included in the exposure algorithm. Evaluative or matrix metering takes the entire frame and averages out tones, breaking the frame into regions but giving weighting to the focal point. At the opposite end of the scale is spot metering, where a very small percentage in the centre of the frame is the input for assessing light. EVALUATIVE A default mode (also called pattern or matrix) measuring light distribution across the whole frame, taking colour and focus data into account. It calculates whether a scene needs to be brighter or darker before choosing an exposure. CENTRE-WEIGHTED This mode measures light across the whole picture area, but strongly biases the reading towards the centre of the viewfinder. The exposure is based mainly on the centre of…

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light metering

In the fraction of a second it takes I to press your shutter button, a handful of complex calculations take place as the camera decides what the correct exposure is. Your camera has to work out how much light is needed to create a balanced exposure for the sensor, which begins with the question, “How sensitive is your sensor?” Before you can understand exposure metering you need to understand ISO sensitivity, and it’s a common stumbling block when trying to get a handle on the technicalities of exposure. When you select an ISO you’re setting a range of sensitivity to light. At high ISOs, the sensor is very sensitive to light and needs less of it to get an exposure; at low ISOs the sensor needs more light to achieve the…

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spot metering

Smaller metering zones enable you to direct where in a frame the camera should read the exposure, but they can also lead to unpredictable results. What happens when the spot metering mode limits the exposure evaluation to an area smaller than your subject’s face? You might take one frame where the metering spot falls on the subject’s black shirt, and then the camera tries to boost the exposure because it’s too dark. The next frame might fall on pale skin on their face, causing the camera to underexpose to bring down the brightness. Watch out for these slight variations in composition that lead to significant contrasts of exposure and make it hard to establish a baseline for the scene.…

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creative vs correct

Complex light demands a more complex approach to exposures, presenting an opportunity to capture images that go beyond being ‘standard’. Shooting into the light is a common challenge for cameras and photographers alike, with wildly divergent exposure zones between the brightest and darkest elements in the frame. How do you determine which sections of the scene are the right ones to expose for, and how do you make sure the camera follows your instruction? A little technical skill here can lead to better creative expression. Backlighting presents an opportunity to either halo your subject in a bright glow, or to throw them into the darkness to create a silhouette – but the choice is yours, and you shouldn’t leave it to the camera to decide. When shooting with even lighting there’s still…