Photography challenge: exposure

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It’s lesson one in my photography class. For those who didn’t see the previous post, I’m doing a photography masterclass through Udemy. It’s more the beginners end of things and I’ve been shooting for years. However there are bits I’ve forgotten or just didn’t learn. Like shooting in full manual mode. I had forgotten that and haven’t used manual mode in years.

For a little context, a DSLR camera needs the lens to focus and the body to capture the image correctly (by setting the ISO, shutter speed and f-stop). Thankfully, DSLRs can handle some or all of those for you. Which is how I went wrong.

I’m actually including my final submissions and the accidents here to show how I missed.

The photography challenge

Take 3 photos in 3 different locations. Use the manual settings on your camera to exposure properly.

My submissions

I shot these on a wintery afternoon; managing to catch the golden hour. Octy came along as my model. I suspect we’ll see Octy in many photography challenges.

The Misses

I’m not 100% happy with the shots, but it wasn’t worth heading back out. And my camera is back on AP mode and shooting in raw. The challenge also said to shoot in jpg so they’d upload easier. I chose to keep jpg because it would reduce my instinct to edit the sunlight on Octy’s face.

That said, my misses were real misses.

In lesson two the photography challenge is composition. Are you doing the classes or challenges too? How’d you go?

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Bianca's a nerdy, book worm who is constantly curious and appreciates being alive while the internet exists. During the day, she's a content writer for a huge multinational tech company. The rest of the time she's reading, and running, and bike riding, and sipping coffee, and taking photos around Melbourne, Australia.

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