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This is probably my favorite photo out of 20 I took of my friend in various poses/lighting. Right now, I'm setting aperture on the lowest... (show more)
Exif Data
  • ILCE-6000
  • 3.5-5.7/16-50MM
  • f/3.5
  • 16mm
  • 1/400 seconds
  • 100


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  1. Anthony Kwon

    The photo is overexposed, and because of that, some of the quality is lost within the highlighted areas (such as his face and the buildings in the back). Typically the first thing you should look to change when dealing with the lighting of an image is shutter speed. Remember, the smaller the number (since shutter speed is in the form of a fraction), the less light that comes in and hits the sensor. Also for extra help on determining the lighting, look towards your histogram.  Try shooting again, but this time play around with JUST the shutter speed, For a bright scene like this in mid-day, you should almost always be in the 1000s or 2000s

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    • Michael Du

      Thanks Anthony, I’ll keep that in mind.  I’m just finishing up the lesson on histogram so I’ll know to refer to that from here on.

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    Chris Kellyman

    Hi Michael, I know this is a pretty old post and you’re way more advanced now but one of my favorite light bulb moments when I first started shooting was my discovery of the in camera meter.  You mentioned that you arbitrarily picked a shutter speed.  The in camera meter will eliminate the guess work.  I agree that the image is over exposed but I also think the composition could be a little better.  In the future, I would try to avoid items like tree branches directly behind your subjects head.  It almost looks like he has antlers.  Keep shooting, keep learning. I hope to see more from you. Cheers.

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