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Mastering Exposure in Digital Photography

Master the concepts and practice of photographic exposure.
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Last updated 4/2013
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What Will I Learn?
To teach users about aperture, shutter speed, and proper exposures
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  • Digital Camera
  • Adobe Photoshop (recommended)

This innovative product uses interactive video to explain how to manage camera exposure, a topic many photographers don't fully understand. Exposure settings have tremendous impact on the overall brightness and contrast of an image and ultimately its quality. Viewers will learn how to optimize exposure and maximize detail, minimize noise, and create the best images possible. This workshop begins with an overview of key exposure concepts, then discusses various exposure modes and some advanced concepts and techniques to help viewers master the concepts and practice of photographic exposure. It also covers some post-processing techniques related to exposure and includes some real-world examples that review core exposure concepts. Experienced instructor Tim Grey presents more than 3 hours of exceptional quality video tutorials, complete with lesson files. Project files used in the lessons are included so viewers can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers who are seeking a guide to creating perfectly exposed images
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 02:28:22
Getting Started
3 Lectures 08:14
This lesson will explore the concept of a proper exposure, helping you understand this fundamental photographic concept.
Preview 01:43

The photographic equipment you use has a major impact on the level of control you can exercise over an exposure, as discussed in this lesson.
Equipment Considerations

There are a variety of factors that might affect your decision of whether to capture in RAW or JPEG mode, and this lesson will help you understand the issues involved.
Exposure Concepts
10 Lectures 34:00
Aperture and shutter speed are the key controls you can adjust as a photographer in order to produce a proper exposure with creative control. This lesson will discuss the relationship between these two controls.
Aperture and Shutter Speed

It is important to keep in mind that each lens has its own unique limitations related to exposure settings, as discussed in this lesson.
Lens Limitations

In this lesson we'll explore the use of the ISO setting to adjust exposure, and also consider the consequences of raising the ISO value.

The dynamic range of a scene you are photographing will have an impact on your decisions about exposure, and this lesson will help you better understand the concept of dynamic range.
Dynamic Range

As you adjust your exposure settings in the camera, you can also change the range of focus in the image, also known as depth of field. This lesson will explore how you can control depth of field as part of your overall exposure.
Depth of Field

When adjusting the exposure for an image, you are making changes in "stop" increments. This lesson will address the subject of stops so you can better understand overall exposure.
Understanding Stops

The exposure meter in your camera provides you with valuable information about the current exposure settings, but some interpretation is required, as you'll see in this lesson.
Reading the Exposure Meter

The histogram is a very useful tool for evaluating an exposure, and in this lesson you'll learn how to interpret the histogram in order to achieve the best possible exposure.
Reading a Histogram

Capturing an exposure that is as bright as possible without blowing out highlight detail will help you maximize detail and minimize noise in an image, as discussed in this lesson.
Expose to the Right

White balance affects the color in an image, but it is also a consideration in your overall exposure. This lesson will help you better understand the role of white balance in your photography.
The Role of White Balance
Controlling Exposure
8 Lectures 30:26
The fully automatic exposure modes don't provide you with much in the way of creative control, but they can help you capture good exposures in challenging situations, as you'll see in this lesson.
Fully Automatic Modes

Especially with moving subjects, there will be times when the shutter speed is your highest priority in calculating a proper exposure. In this lesson we'll explore the Shutter Priority exposure mode.
Shutter Priority Mode

Adjusting depth of field is one of the key ways photographers exercise creative control over an image, and in this lesson we'll take a look at the Aperture Priority mode, where depth of field is king.
Aperture Priority Mode

In this lesson we'll take a look at the "Sunny 16" rule, which can be very helpful in determining a basic exposure in sunny conditions, or even under other lighting circumstances.
The Sunny 16 Rule

The gray card can be very helpful for quickly calculating exposure under challenging circumstances, as you'll see in this lesson.
The Gray Card

When shooting handheld, it is important to make sure your shutter speed is fast enough to ensure a sharp photo. The focal length of the lens has a significant impact on that shutter speed consideration, as discussed in this lesson.
Focal Length and Shutter Speed

When photographing a moving subject, you can have a significant impact on the final result by adjusting the shutter speed, as you'll see in this lesson.
Preview 03:29

The camera does its best to help you measure and calculate exposure, and there are a variety of methods for measuring light that can be used for this purpose. Those methods are referred to as metering modes, which is the subject of this lesson.
Metering Modes
Advanced Exposure
8 Lectures 35:34
In many cases you'll need to compensate for the exposure calculated by your camera. Exposure compensation is one of the ways you can overrule the camera's calculations, as you'll see in this lesson.
Exposure Compensation

When you're not sure of the best exposure settings or the situation is especially tricky, capturing multiple images at different exposure settings can be helpful. In this lesson you'll see how exposure bracketing can do this automatically.
Exposure Bracketing

The ultimate in exposure control is the Manual Exposure mode, which allows you to adjust the exposure settings any way you'd like. In this lesson you'll see how to put the Manual Exposure mode to use.
Manual Exposure Mode

When adjusting exposure, you're working in stops of light. With most cameras you can adjust exposure in either half-stop or third-stop increments, as demonstrated in this lesson.
Half Stop vs. One-Third Stop

Long exposures present unique challenges, but can also result in very dramatic photos. In this lesson we'll explore the realm of long exposures.
Long Exposures

Flash can supplement – even replace – the available light in a scene. In this lesson you'll learn the basics of incorporating flash into your photographic exposures.
Incorporating Flash

In this lesson you'll learn how to capture images that can later be combined into a creative multiple-exposure effect.
Multiple Exposures

When the dynamic range of the scene you're photographing exceeds your camera's capabilities, you can capture multiple images to create an HDR (high dynamic range) image. This lesson will guide you through the process of capturing this type of image.
Capturing HDR Images
6 Lectures 40:08
In this lesson we'll take a look at the basic process of converting a RAW capture to an image file, with an emphasis on the settings related to exposure.
Preview 09:02

When adjusting an image after the capture, the primary factors related to the exposure are the black point, white point, and midtone value. This lesson will address these considerations.
Black Point, White Point, and Midtones

For advanced control over the final exposure, the Curves adjustment is hard to beat. In this lesson you'll learn how to use this powerful tonal adjustment tool.
Advanced Tonal Adjustments with Curves

The high key image is a popular exposure variation, but it is generally an effect that is best achieved in post-processing. In this lesson you'll learn how to create a high key interpretation of a photo.
Creating a High Key Image

Blending Multiple Exposures

This lesson will demonstrate a method for assembling multiple exposures taken at different settings into a final image that has a much higher dynamic range than would be possible with a single exposure.
Creating an HDR Image
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