Exposure Tactics • Mastering Exposure

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This Exposure Tactics post explains what a “technically proper” exposure is and how to get there. Remember I said technically proper, not creatively right.

The sensors in our cameras don’t necessarily match the sensitivity of our light meter. Sad and true. This can make it difficult to judge exposure and get things right.

One meter from Sekonic, the L-758DR can be calibrated by shooting test targets to match it to the exposure characteristics and dynamic range of up to three different cameras. Most other meters can be adjusted to compensate for the exposure differences of an individual sensor. Even with a calibrated camera / meter combination, the exposure might not be completely perfect.

Getting Exposure Right

Exposure is the amount of light that renders the true tone of the subject in a photograph. A proper exposure provides detail in both highlights and shadows. There are thresholds for…

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