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Written by Edward Eastman   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 19:00

What's New

Hey, check out the Seeing Photographically blog for a new opinion piece!! :)

Okay, I'm not sure how many of you are local, so for any who are, I'll be teaching two photography courses starting in January 2018 at the Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, Ontario. https://artgalleryofburlington.com/ Look for Winter 2018 Courses. One course is How to Use Your Camera in Manual Mode; the second course is Finding Your Personal Style/Vision.

Here's a new opinion piece - Is There a Perfect Image Exposure?. Check it out!!!

That picture tells a story!!! But does one picture always tell a story? Here's a different approach - The Narrative!

Want to know what happens when you increase the ISO setting on your camera? It makes the sensor more sensitive to light, right? Not really.


What's chimping? It's the habit of looking at your camera's LCD screen after every image capture.

In analogue photography, chimping was impossible. No LCD screen. For you younger visitors who only know digital cameras, analog or film cameras did not come with screen on the back. Over time, you learned to "see" your final image before you pressed the Shutter release. Polaroid cameras pushed out a print that developed in about 60 seconds. That was the limit of instant feedback. Professional studio photographers used Polaroid film to take test shots for lighting and composition. Once everything was just so, they'd capture the final image with their studio camera.

In analog photography, a light meeter was absolutely a required piece of equipment. And you had to know how to use it. Sure some 35mm film cameras had auto-exposure capabilities, but any photographer worth his/her salt would not rely on it.

Today's digital cameras auto exposure feature is so good, that the average photographer sets their camera to auto, captures the image, checks the LCD screen and reshoots at a new exposure, if necessary. This is a good thing. Some even say it's a great tool. Combine auto exposure and chimping and you're good to go.

Not so fast.

In my opinion, auto-exposure and chimping are not all that great. If your goal is to improve the images you capture, set your camera's Mode Dial to M(anual), using the light meter, determine the dynamic range of the scene, use the camera's Histogram, set the ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture to the "correct" settings and capture the image. Then don't chimp. Next, look at the scene, move around, change your point-of-view (POV) reframe a new image using your eye, look through the viewfinder and press the Shutter. The exposure should be the same if the light has't changed. Repeat this process at least 4 - 5 more times with the same subject.

When you get home, load all your image files onto your computer and review them.

In my opinion, you'll learn more about capturing interesting images by learning how to "see" the image with your eye, use your in-camera light meter and don't chimp.

ISO Invariance

Ever hear of ISO Invariance? I did some research and wrote the following post. ISO Invariance is a real technical thing, so I tried to make the post as easy to read as possible.

I also shot some images with my Fuji XT-1 and processed them in Lightroom to demonstrate ISO Invariance.

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A Mind's Eye Photography is dedicated to the novice, and not-so-novice, photographer.

"For the camera, the creative moment is brief - a compelling, ephemeral collision of event and artist. Extreme awareness combined with unobtrusiveness becomes the context the photographer must work within."

Ken Ruth.

"Leap into the boundless and make it your home."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:53