Understanding Your Camera’s Metering Modes

In the old days a light meter was something the size of a hand grenade that you carried in your pocket or hanging from your neck, and they were expensive. It seems hard to believe now but there was a time when it was necessary to measure the light coming in and the light reflected off the subject and then figure out the exposure and adjust it a little above and below, called bracketing, all by hand. You’d find out if you were right a week later when the prints came back.

           Chris Poindexter

Use Vignettes and Targeted Exposure Adjustments to Lead the Viewer’s Eye

In this “how to” tutorial I’m going to walk through how to use vignettes and targeted exposure adjustments to help control where the viewer’s eye concentrates.

Vignetting in photos is a bit of an odd thing with some photographers willing to spend $1,000s on quality optics that offer an even exposure across the frame, while at the same time, the popularity of various photo filter apps have made bold and strong vignettes an aesthetic choice for others.

Sometimes a heavily contrived vignette can work really well with a specific image, but right now we’re going to see how subtle adjustments to a photo can make a big difference that won’t be immediately obvious to the viewer. I’m working with the Lightroom 5 Beta, but this is easily achieved using Photoshop too. I’ve also called upon the assistance of Alfie as my model – a one eyed, three and a half legged Yorkie recently rescued from a dog pound.

           Ian Pullen
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