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Setting Exposure

Lesson 3 from: Capture and Edit Photos of People in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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3. Setting Exposure

The editing process is made much simpler if you shoot to ensure correct exposure: Jared shares the three settings that help him achieve a desired white balance.

Lesson Info

Setting Exposure

When I'm looking at exposure, there are three things that I need to have my camera set to to make sure that I know that the exposure is correct. The first thing that I wanna do is make sure that I'm always looking at my histogram when I'm confirming my exposures. So you can turn that on on any camera today, and it's always gonna show up when you hit the play button on your camera. Secondly, I'm gonna make sure my highlight warnings are on. That means that every time it shows your exposure, it's going to blink if there's a severe overexposure. And the third thing is that I'm going to make sure that my camera is in a manual mode and also has the spot metering option turned on. My metering system is only going to register the very, very center spot inside of my camera. So when I look at Devon, Devon's face is registering dead on in the center of my light meter, which means that it's middle gray. Her face is perfectly exposed for a middle gray exposure. So know that I'm right in the zone w...

here I wanna be. And if I point that circle at her dress, it's actually darker than the center, which is perfect. That's where it should be. So I know I kind of am in the right spot. So I'm gonna take a picture really quickly. All right, girls, I'm taking a photo of you. (clicking) If it was underexposed, we would see that these piles of information in the histogram would be far to the left, and they would start clipping on the left. And if it was way too overexposed, we would see those piles piling up on the right-hand side of the histogram. Fortunately for us, we have the highlight warnings on, and we can see that it's only blinking in the sky, which we're okay with letting it go.

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