Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 224 – Exposure

In this challenge Sofia asks us to work on exposure. We can use our camera’s shutter speed or play with the aperture settings when we are shooting. Another way to work with exposure is to change the exposure when editing.

This is a great challenge for me because I tend to be on the lazy side and let my camera do the work using the automatic feature. This method is great when I’m shooting wildlife that moves and I don’t have time to change settings quickly. Often, when taking photos of other subjects I’m not happy with the results if I let the camera do the work.

The two images below were taken just minutes apart. I used the camera’s automatic settings for the first image. I used the manual settings to change the shutter speed to 1/20 to achieve the overexposed look for the second image.

In the images below I played with different settings to capture the first camellia of the season. For the first image I set the aperture to a low 4.6. I set the shutter speed to 1/4000 for the second image.

Many thanks for Sofia’s Lens-Artists Challenge #224 – Exposure

18 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 224 – Exposure

  1. That’s a good exercise to understanding the exposure part of the triangle of image making. I did something similar years and years ago when I was learning to make good images after I switched from an instamatic point and shoot with no control over the settings to a camera with all manual controls. What an eye opener that was!

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  2. It’s the times when the camera doesn’t do what we want that we leave our comfort zone and have, hopefully, fun. I love your palm tree overexposed photo. It says so much more than what your camera was telling us.

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  3. I’d say it was an easy 7 month learning curve before I started really not having to think too hard about what settings to dial in and where everything was on the camera. It sure is a lot easier today to learn a new camera because of that.

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  4. I have to say… I hardly get my camera out anymore as I am mostly an iPhone 13 Pro Max gal. But I enjoyed seeing how you got different images using the manual settings.
    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Honestly, I think we’re all still learning! I like your experiments. It’s a great way to see the impact of the different settings. Those palm trees and the blue sky are very inviting. Take care and have a good week.

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