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Photo Cheat Sheet Quiz - 1

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Bumper Cars


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By Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Question Jim's Answer

Is the light good?

Good light helps to communicate the photograph's intent.

The quality of the light isn't important here.

What's the direction of the light?

• Sidelighting highlights texture and shape due to the shadows.

• Light from the camera conceals texture and shape.

• Backlighting separates the subject from the background.

Overhead and from the side

How large is the light source?

The size of the light source determines the contrast of the light.

Large = low contrast

What's the color of the light?

Set the white balance.

The interior light is orange due to the color of the tent fabric and the tungsten/incandescent lights. You can see the lights reflected on two of the bumper cars.

You could set the white balance to Tungsten/Incandescent, or AWB if you prefer some of the orange to persist.

How much light is there?

Set the ISO.

The light is dim, so use a higher ISO such as 800 or 1600.

If you're using a tripod, you can use a lower ISO setting.

Which letter do you use on the exposure mode dial?

• Use P if motion and depth-of-field are not important.

• Use S or Tv if motion is important. Motion includes subject motion and possible camera shake.

• Use A or Av if depth-of-field is important.

Use S or Tv because the subject is moving. You can choose to freeze or blur the motion of the bumper cars.

Camera shake is also relevant. It would be best to use a tripod if you're blurring the cars by using a slow shutter speed.

What you see is not what you get?

• Is the color of the light source the same as your white balance setting?

• Is there a shadow in the scene that will become too dark in the photograph—or a bright area?

When should you not depend on the light meter?

• Is there something in the scene that will confuse your camera's light meter?

– A bright or dark area

Use exposure compensation to correct the light meter's exposure setting.

– Backlighting

Use your pop-up flash for backlighting if the subject is within about fifteen feet.

– Light or dark subject filling the frame

If a light-toned subject is too dark, use a plus value with exposure compensation. If a dark-toned subject is too light, use a minus value.

There are no trick exposure situations in the photograph.

What's the best focal length?

• Use a medium focal length when close to the subject, such as a headshot.

• Make the scene appear to have more shape and volume with a wide-angle focal length.

• Appear to compress the objects in the scene with a telephoto focal length.

A wide-angle focal length was used here to include the entire scene.

A side benefit was making the pedestrians appear to be further away (less distracting).

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