Photography Training 1-2
Lesson 1-2 The very basics of pro photography: Today let's talk about some camera buttons and dials that are important but many people don't use. First off, the EV +/- button or dial. Depending on your camera, there will be a button with (+/-) symbols or a dial that shows 0,-1,-2,-3,+1,+2,+3. This is your EXPOSURE VALUE adjustment. Exposure is a photographer term that means brightness. (+) numbers make the next photo brighter, (-) numbers makes it darker. How great is that! So easy! If someone's face is too dark from the last pic you took, just keep raising the numbers until you get correct exposure. Exposure is adjusted in 1/3rds by all cameras. Example +0.3, +0.7, +1.0, etc... If you use your LCD screen to take pictures instead of a viewfinder, then you can even see the changes in real time before you take the photo which is very helpful! This saves you time from taking a pic, then looking to see if it's too dark or bright. Don't forget to change your settings back to zero once you get the shot you want. Next let's talk about the DRIVE button. The icon for this is usually several boxes overlapping each other on the button. This changes your picture taking mode from a single photo to continuous several photos. So if you are shooting kids running around, you would probably set your drive mode to continuous so that the camera takes lots of pictures while holding the shutter button down (the button that takes photos). Continuous mode is also great for flying birds or really any moving subject.
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Matt Cangelosi - International Award-Winning Photographer - Columbus, Ohio