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Photo Cheat Sheet Quiz - 5



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Is the light good?

Good light helps to communicate the photograph's intent.

The sidelighting creates shadows, making the cars stand out.

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.

The sunlight is coming from the right.

How large is the light source?

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

The sunlight is contrasty due to its small size.

What's the color of the light?

Set the white balance.

Set the white balance to Sunlight.

How much light is there?

Set the ISO

The light is bright, so use a lower ISO such as 100 or 200.

Which letter do you use on the exposure mode dial?

Which letter do you use on the exposure mode dial?

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

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

• A or Av for depth-of-field

P was used here.

If you want to blur the cars, use S or Tv.

However, in bright light, it'll be hard to use a slow shutter speed, such as 1/8th of a second.

What you see is not what you get?

• Color

• Contrast

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

– Backlighting

– Light or dark subject filling the frame

Again, the shadows from the sidelighting highlights the cars.

What's the best focal length?

• Medium when close to the subject

• Wide-angle for more apparent shape and volume.

• Telephoto for apparent compression of space

A telephoto focal length was used here. The cars appear to be closer together than they are in reality.

If you wanted the photograph to be about urban congestion, use a even more telephoto focal length. The cars cars would appear to be more squished together.

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