Understanding The Exposure Triangle

A perfectly exposed photograph is a thing of beauty. In the old days that meant carrying around a light meter the size of a hand grenade and taking readings to calculate the exposure. Because those calculations were frequently average values, a smart photographer would bracket exposure by a stop above and below, hoping one of them was just right. Trying to get the exposure just right in the shot above with a hand-held light meter would have been as much luck as skill.

           Chris Poindexter

Understanding White Balance for Realistic Color in your Photographs

Back in the old days of photography, we’re talking way back when the built-in light meter was an actual physical needle on one side of the viewfinder, every photographer carried around a little packet of filters. You needed those filters because you might leave for a shoot with daylight balanced film in your camera and find it necessary to move indoors before you were at the end of the roll.

           Chris Poindexter

Basic Gear For Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers are a special breed. They’re the ones getting up at zero-dark-thirty to hump their camera gear up trails and through the woods in a quest for the perfect light. They’re the ones hiking back to the car by the light of a headlamp because the perfect light was 30 minutes after sundown and it’s five miles back to the car.

The great thing about landscape photography is the gear is pretty basic and you can get started for a very reasonable investment. Landscape scenes are typically not moving very fast, so you can avail yourself of a wonderful world of manual lenses that don’t have all the bells and whistles of brand name glass but provide amazing quality for the money.

           Chris Poindexter