Why Protecting Your Highlights is Killing Your Footage

Sometimes you should just let the highlights go. More so than anything else that I do day to day, color grading has helped to improve my understanding and approach to cinematography immensely – and one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years is that you shouldn’t always protect your highlights. WHAT DO I Read MoreRead More

What the heck is ETTR and ETTL?

Photography is all about the exposure – but is there a special strategy to achieving exposure? Check out this article which covers a few strategies and their advantage and disadvantages: 1. EXPOSE TO THE RIGHT (ETTR) Strategy: Aim to expose the image so that its histogram shifts as far to the right as possible without clipping the Read MoreRead More

Focus Versus Exposure: f-Stops, T-Stops, and Lenses for Video

Ben Lucas explains the difference between f-stops and t-stops and what they mean for exposure. So you’re getting into making DSLR video and shopping for a new lens. You done some research and narrowed down the choices. There’s one lens that is f/1.4 and another that is T/1.5, but which one is better? It’s hard to Read MoreRead More

How to Take an Exposure Reading on your Digital Camera

Even for experienced photographers, metering and how to take an exposure reading on your camera can be confusing, but the basics are easy to get to grips with… All digital cameras have a built-in light meter which is used to calculate the exposure settings for a given scene. Without getting bogged down in aperture and Read MoreRead More

What is Aperture: Everything You need to Know about Controlling Light Creatively

Film and photography are all about capturing light. One of the key aspects of controlling light is aperture – but there’s more to aperture than just a number on the side of the lens… So what is aperture exactly? Put simply, the aperture is a hole in the lens that light passes through to reach Read MoreRead More

Balancing Light Bulbs with Strobes – Photography

For the photographer – the Slanted Lens shows you how to balance practical lights in a room with strobes for still photography. This principle of using aperture to control the strobe exposure and shutter speed for the continuous light can be a bit tricky to understand and apply but it is an important part of the Read MoreRead More

ISO settings in low light: when, and how, to increase your camera’s sensitivity

Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO are the three components of exposure. This article, which is targeted for photographers, takes a close look at ISO – and understanding when and how to use it in low light situations. Your camera can automatically set the exposure in any conditions, even indoors or at night. To do this Read MoreRead More

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