Getting the Exposure Right in the Camera


I apologize for not keeping up with my blog over the past three months. We have been very busy with road trips to Chicago and Pennsylvania; along taking a museum class at the local college and raking leaves –  it was a banner year for leaves. My New Year’s Resolution is to be more diligent and post at least one blog per month. There are … Continue reading Getting the Exposure Right in the Camera

Eclipse Photography


On August 21st, a total eclipse will be passing over the entire United States.  This hasn’t happened for almost 100 years.  The total eclipse will pass over many states: Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina.  It will take several hours to pass across the U.S. with it only being visible  as a total eclipse for as short as … Continue reading Eclipse Photography

Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO The Mystery Decoded


Recently, it become apparent that some students have trouble understanding the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and how they effect exposure for a given photograph.  First let’s define each: Aperture or f Stop – is the size of the opening in the lens that allows light to hit the camera’s sensor. f stop is expressed as a fraction. An  f/3.5  lets in a … Continue reading Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO The Mystery Decoded

4th of July Fireworks (2017)


I thought I’d share a few sites that have information on photographing fireworks. Picture Correct – Photographing Dramatic Fire works Picture Correct – 6 Tips on How to Capture Great Fireworks Photos Picture Correct – Basic Setup for Photographing Fireworks Ask Tim Gray – Fireworks Photography Happy 4th of July and I hope you get some good photographs. Continue reading 4th of July Fireworks (2017)

White Balance


What is white balance?  White balance (WB) is the process of adjusting the colors in an image so they are realistic and accurate. Our eyes have no problem with white balance, but cameras can have problems.  As my students know I place emphasis on getting the exposure correct in the camera.  It’s equally important to get WB correct and make the best choice in your camera. If … Continue reading White Balance

Exposure Compensation


In my last blog post, I introduced Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) and Exposure Compensation. Here I would like to explain more about using Exposure Compensation  . The photos below were taken using AEB in Aperture Priority Mode i.e. the camera determines the shutter speed. (Note: I targeted the train station using spot metering) A total of five photos each one exposure value (EV) apart were taken. It’s … Continue reading Exposure Compensation

AE Bracketing


In a previous blog on Histograms, I included photos where I had used Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB).   So why and when would you use AEB?  I see a couple of times when it really makes sense: 1) when you are not sure what is the best exposure set-up under changing light conditions, 2) when you have high contrast lighting such as in night photography. When AEB is used, the … Continue reading AE Bracketing

Basic Camera Controls You Should Know


A week ago on Saturday morning, I held a photo walk in Fells Point, one of the oldest sections of Baltimore. The early morning light provided a lot opportunities for good photos in different lighting situations. When we completed the walk I asked if there were any questions? The students felt they would like a cheat-sheet on camera controls. [At the end of this post there is a Link to a one … Continue reading Basic Camera Controls You Should Know

Histograms: A Simple Explanation


Digital Cameras have an important feature that you couldn’t get in the days when film cameras were the only choice.  Now you get instantaneous feed back as to the quality of the exposure when it’s displayed as a JPEG image on your camera’s LCD screen. In addition, cameras give you several choices of information that can be displayed, such as  shutter speed, aperture, lens parameters, “blinkies” called highlight warnings (or … Continue reading Histograms: A Simple Explanation