Exposure Quick Reference Card
Visual: ISO, Shutter Speed & Aperture
Exposure Quick Reference Card
Would you like to go beyond the Auto shooting mode?
Would you like to be able to adjust your exposure settings to stop action, blur backgrounds and take photos in low light?
The Exposure Quick Reference Card will help you understand your ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture settings the three fundamentals of exposure. It is an exposure workshop in a card.
DOWNLOAD & PRINT
You can download the Exposure Quick Reference Card by clicking on the download button at the end of this story. After downloading it you can print it out on your inkjet printer or on a 4x6 at the photo lab. You can carry the card in your camera bag or tape it to the inside top of your camera bag.
You can also download it to your cell phone, tablet or computer for quick reference and to help you learn your exposure settings.
ISO, SHUTTER SPEED and APERTURE PAGES
The Exposure Quick Reference Card has more than one page. The first page is the exposure card. If you scroll down you will discover there are pages about the different settings with illustrations and photos to help further explain them.
Outdoors in sunlight with more light, you can use lower ISO which needs more light. Indoors or in low light with less light, you can use higher ISO which needs less light.
Bucket Size: We use buckets to illustrate that lower ISO is like a larger bucket that takes longer
to fill and higher ISO is like a smaller bucket that takes less time to fill.
Higher ISO: When taking photos indoors or in low light you will need a higher ISO, to get a fast enough shutter speed, to hand hold your camera to prevent camera motion.
Shutter speeds are measured are in fractions of a second and are how long the image sensor is exposed to the light. You can adjust your shutter speed to stop action. A faster fraction stops faster action.
Camera Blur: You need a minimum of 1/60th of a second or faster to help prevent camera movement and image blur when hand holding a camera.
A larger opening blurs the background and a smaller opening makes it sharper.
Backwards Numbers: The larger the number the smaller the aperture (lens opening). This can be confusing so we show each number with a visual of the size above it.
Fractions: If you turn the numbers into fractions it makes more sense. 1/2 of the lens opening is larger than 1/16th of the opening.
3 EXPOSURE CARD LEARNING ADVANTAGES
1. Numbers Shown Visually
Having three sets of different numbers for the three different exposure settings can be confusing. The numbers for some exposure settings seem to be backwards from what they should be.
The largest lens opening number is the smallest lens opening size. ISO settings also seem backwards. The Exposure Quick Reference Card shows each setting visually next to the number it represents to make it easier to understand.
2. What Each Exposure Setting Does
There is often confusion about what each exposure setting does. I have had people ask me, “So the shutter speed controls blurring the background, right?”, or they will say “I should adjust the aperture to stop action, right?” which is backwards.
This Exposure Quick Reference Card illustrates how it is the ISO that adjusts for bright or low light, the shutter speed that stops action and the aperture that blurs the background.
3. What Happens When You Adjust the Setting
There is can be confusion about which way to adjust the different exposure settings to get the results you want. The Exposure Quick Reference Card shows what happens when you adjust your ISO higher or lower, Shutter Speed faster or slower and Aperture larger or smaller.
EXPOSURE MADE EASY Workshop
Now that you’ve learned the different exposure settings would you like to learn how to use them? Would you like to:
1. Learn how to use different combinations of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture settings.
2. Learn how to set them in the different shooting modes.
3. Learn how to adjust them to get a good exposure in tricky lighting situations?
If so we suggest our EXPOSURE MADE EASY photography workshop.
New Way to Learn Exposure: I discovered a new way to teach exposure that is quick and easy to understand. It combines an old school idea from the days of film with new digital camera technology and is amazing.
MULTIPLE VIDEOS IN WORKSHOP
The Exposure Made Easy workshop contains different videos on exposure.
1. Stopping Action Video: You will learn how to set your camera to stop action in the first 20 minutes of the Stop Action video. This is great for parents photographing kids playing sports, pets, wildlife, etc.
2. Blurring Backgrounds Video: You will learn how to blur backgrounds or make them sharper in different shooting modes.
3. Low Light Photography: You will also learn how to adjust your exposure settings to take photos in low light.
4. Light Metering Video: You also learn how to adjust your exposure in tricky lighting situations using exposure compensation and the Manual shooting mode.
● Bonus Videos: You also get bonus videos on how to shoot the moon, use an ISO tripod and blur waterfalls.
FOR YOU OR AS A GIFT
You can get this workshop for yourself or give it as a gift. If you buy the gift version of the workshop we send you an email with a download link in it that you can forward to the person you are giving it to. They simply click on the link to download the workshop.
MORE PHOTO TIPS
Clicking on Photo Tips in the EasyPhotoClass.com menu will take you to a page where in addition to our Exposure Quick Reference Card, you can download the Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet, ISO Image Noise Test, Digital Camera Buying Worksheet and Image Sensor Size Chart.
1. The Top 10 Digital Camera Settings Worksheet will help learn the top 10 settings on your digital camera, how to find them in your PDF camera manual, and how to reset your camera if you mess up the settings.
2. The ISO Image Noise Test helps you understand ISO image noise and what it looks like at low and high ISO settings on your digital camera.
3. The Digital Camera Buying Worksheet helps you decide which camera is best for you.
4. The Image Sensor Size Chart is also helpful if you’re looking at different digital cameras and you’re comparing different image sensor sizes in the different cameras.
GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
If you’d like to take your photography to the next level we also have some great photography workshops. Clicking on Workshops in the EasyPhotoClass menu will take you to a page where you can click on the different workshops to learn more about them.
1. Digital Camera Settings Made Easy helps you learn what different settings do on your digital camera and how to set them in different situations plus great camera tips.
2. The Exposure Made Easy photography workshop will help you understand how to use different combinations of ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture settings to stop action, blur backgrounds and take photos in low light.
3. The Creative Photography Made Easy workshop will help you learn how to see creatively and develop your creative eye to take amazing photographs that make people say "Wow!"
4. Product Photography Made Easy is a great workshop if you sell products on the internet. It will help you take great product shots to make both your product and your company look more successful online and increase sales.
5. Our Headshot Photography Made Easy workshop will help you take great headshots to help people and companies make a great first impression online.
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