How to series on photographing. Part One: Camera Exposure.
A good day to you where ever you may be. Today will start a new approach to my blog. I will post photos I’ve made plus add what goes on making, and processing an image. It will provide a base and apply processing skills to your photos. I use the Leica M10 Monochrom camera, but capture techniques are somewhat universal to every camera. I primarily process my photos in Capture One Pro 20 but will add Lightroom for those who don’t have C1P 20.
Starting with camera exposure first, I like to shoot Raw images. The Raw image is the most flexible. To make things simple, When selecting an ISO or film speed, the lower ISO is better. I shoot images from 200 ISO to 3200 ISO. Currently, I’m not using a tripod. Everything is handheld. I have to rely on a higher ISO when the light is low. The shutter speed I use is 1/125 or 1/250. I gather that most cameras have Liveview. Liveview or EVF on a mirrorless camera is a way to view the image you are composing. Some settings on the camera will give you more information for photos. I like Exposure Simulation and Peaking. Exposure simulation shows your exposure, and Peaking allows you to see if you are “Clipping,” either highlights or shadows. In digital photography, I expose to maintain highlight detail. Highlight detail is the most important to me because it is not recoverable in most cases.
Don’t worry if the photo looks a little dark using this technique. You will process the image to reveal the shadow detail. I’ll show you how in the next post. The sample in this article exposed without having to adjust the shadows, which is a good thing. Enjoy the week, and stay safe. I hope to post a follow-up later this week.