Photography Tips – How To Make A Manual Exposure

by Staff January 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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  1. I have been struggling with exposure of late…..Since the weather has brightened up, I have had to resort to bracketing on many occasions, as it's been simply impossible to get the right exposure for my subject, without leaving the sky blown out……Bracketing is great for those situations…….well, apart from the fact that more time in post is needed. I have had to just accept that the perfect exposure in some situations, is not available and understand that it's not my fault
    Great videos Mike! They have been of great help to me over the last year.

  2. Manual exposure may not be difficult, but I do wonder why anybody would want to bother, except for where some special effect is desired. It is not as though there is more than one technically correct shutter speed for any given aperture, or more than one technically correct aperure, for any given shutter speed.

    ISO I increase only as a last resort.

  3. Great video, I wish you would have included exposure compensation in the tutorial. I have been experimenting with it and have found that when the camera meters for the subject that you are photographing the sky ends up overexposed and blown out. I have found that by using exposure compensation I can darken the picture so that the sky actually appears blue and you can see detail in the clouds and I just adjust for the subject during post using lightroom. Now I just have to practice with using a graduated nd filter when taking a picture in bright sunlight and see how that does in knocking down the over exposed sky in relation to the actual subject. Great video as always.!

  4. for years I tried to learn this on my own..and in just one viewing of your tutorial I aced it! This was years ago and probably one of the most important lessons I ever learned…thanks for being so giving Mike…Best Wishes and travels for your New Year!

  5. Hi Mike, had a DSLR for the past 5 years… always fiddling but rarely getting those good pics. Starting watching your vids and I am astounded at how much of the features I never even knew I had. Love the Charisma, and learning a lot.

  6. Can't tell you how many videos I've turned off.  YOU have the gift of teaching.  I've taken pictures for 4 years and have been stuck in A or S modes.  Finally used manual yesterday and took some decent wildlife photos in bright sun and deep shade. (while in a sneak boat no less).  Have several friends who are at my level of learning/frustration (ha) and will definitely pass your videos on to them.  If you can explain manual to a blonde,60 yr old….you can teach anyone! Sincere thanks.

  7. Now i can have respect for my DSLR. Starting photography on fully manual (dinosaur pratika nova.) Digital bells and whistles, was the cause of my greying temples. Thanks to your helpful instruction, I'll can say goodbye to Auto.

  8. Great tutorial Mike. You definitely nailed it and got right into my head with what you wanted to get across, especially with the light meter. Also the tip of taking landscape some shots outside and playing around with the settings is a really good piece of advice to help hone in your exposure skill set.

  9. Flipping awesome video at last I finally found someone who clearly explains exposure.  Thank you so much – I've trawled through so many videos and was starting to loose faith but your video totally puts the exposure triangle into perspective   – I'm so excited right now – thank you soooooooooooo much!!!! Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy !!!

  10. Hi Mike.
    Been loving your videos, very personable and non confronting, great delivery.

    In this one something is weird about your light meter.
    At 2:21 it shows + to the right,
    At 10:07 it shows + to the left.

    Surely it doesn't do this unless you ask it to?
    It would drive me insane if it kept me guessing like that :-)

  11. Fantastic videos Mike. I've had my Canon 400D for a few years now and only since watching your videos have i had the courage to go out and start using the semi auto and full manual settings of the camera. It has rekindled my love of photography now I know what this camera can do. Thank you. Please keep up the good work. Ps I'm telling my friends and family about your videos. Once again Thank you. 

  12. I would have thought that scene with the cottages was a textbook situation for exposure blending – expose one shot for the foreground, one for the sky and put them together in photoshop.

  13. Haha, in the old day we had it easier. You put the film in and whatever ISO the film was, you selected on the ISO dial. From there it was just changing the shutter or aperture dial until your little light meter needle was in the center. Really, not rocket science.

    We often used the "sunny 16" or similar rules to help with exposure.

    Today's new photographers are overwhelmed with buttons and menus.

    But the screen on the back of the digital cameras is a great feature. Have to admit that :)

  14. After watching this, I feel like my brain aperture has got a great depth of field and more light went in. Other videos or studies I've done really made my brain feel like a cheap lens. So thank you for that beautiful tutorial.

  15. Thank you so much for this video!! You explain everything so well. I have an old Nikon D40 I have used as a PS camera for years, In the last year I have started to explore how to use it "properly". Your videos are the most helpful info I have found anywhere. Very well done! Thanx a million

  16. Thanks Sir i am a great fan you !!! i ve been digging in the youtube and watched many but everything was useless but your is just Awesome ANd now everything is clear for me :)

  17. Fantastic video on Manual exposure. I had been having some issues understanding the balancing act that takes place between the shutter speed, white balance, and the aperture for quite some time. This explanation made it a lot easier to move away from other semi-automatic modes and understand my camera better.

    Mike is awesome.  

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