Exercise 1a – measuring exposure (test post.)

For the first part of this first exercise we were asked to take 6 images that were  deliberately lighter or darker and explain why they were.  This exercise was far from ideal as it is a dreary January day and I live in a very dark house. So I was starting off with all the lights on and ISO 1000 to get a shutter speed that was workable.

1)

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This first image I took on a matrix setting as the  control image.  We can see that the camera looks under exposed but was in fact .5 stop over.  I can already see that the matrix setting might not have been the best choice. Simply lifting the exposure would make the image brighter but the background would have been too bright.  Here a centre weighted or spot metering might have been better.

2)

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For this image I wanted a low key image so took the exposure compensation down 2 stops but still on a matrix setting as I was worried the whites would blow.  The image is too dull and flat.

3)

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This image was taken ** stops under for a low key effect but to also bring out the highlights.  Some additional editing would be needed to enhance this image.

4)

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As with the first image of the camera, these two darker objects (in images 4&5) are placed on a lighter backdrop.  In this case I used centre weighted metering to expose so that the detail in the dark objects weren’t lost and lifted the exposure by 2 stops to ensure detail wasn’t lost.

5.)

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6)

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In this image I aimed for a high key image and used a **** metering with **** stops exposure compensation.  This actually rendered the image highly over exposed and I had to bring the shadows down a little in edit.

Research link: http://wp.me/p3RVOB-xf

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