The Bucket Test
visualize what a camera light meter is doing and how you can get around it. I'm going to use five buckets on my right is a black bucket, and on my left, I have a white bucket in between, like gray, medium gray and dark. Right now, I want you to imagine that each bucket is one stop lighter or darker than the bucket next to it. So, like gray is one stop light of the medium grey on one stop darker than white. Now, for this trick, I'm going to get a white rabbit. Probably not a real white rabbit, because, well, I'm a wildlife photographer and there are ethics involved because the rabbit is white, toe it correctly expose it. You would praise it in the white bucket, but the camera doesn't see. It is white, the camera thinks is mid grey and so puts it into the mid grade bucket instead. Ondas, if by magic turns, are white rabbit gray. Now, to make the rabbit white again, you have to reverse the magic to get from white to mid grey, the camera has under exposed by two stops 12 so you have to do ...
the opposite you set plus two exposure compensation plus one plus two and hey, presto. In our white bucket, we find a white rabbit. Now a similar thing happens with a black rabbit. To correctly expose a black rabbit, you would place it in the black bucket, but again, the camera doesn't see black as black. It sees it doesn't medium grey, and so it puts it into the medium grey bucket on wall are. Once again we get a medium gray rabbit. Turn the rabbit back to black. Once again, you have to reverse the magic they get from black to mid grey, the camera has over exposed by two stops 12 So again, you have to do the opposite. This time you set minus two exposure compensation miners one minus two. And in our black bucket, we find a black rabbit by thinking in these terms, using exposure compensation to tell the camera which bucket the subject should be in is easy to get a technically accurate exposure in any lighting on whatever the subject,
AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- Set up your camera with confidence
- Better understand shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
- Capture perfect exposures in camera
- Get sharp, focused images quickly
- Understand white balance and the difference between RAW and JPEG
- Quickly and confidently capture images “in the moment”
- Become a better photographer by building an understanding of basic photography techniques
ABOUT CHRIS' CLASS:
CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course.
Turn terms like aperture, shutter speed and ISO from a bunch of obscure photography jargon to a toolset that you can easily manipulate to capture great photos. Led by landscape photographer Chris Weston, this class covers everything beginners need to know to master photography basics from exposure to focus.
Turn that camera dial off of auto and learn how to properly expose a photograph. With a few basic camera settings, get the most image quality and the best colors from your mirrorless or DSLR camera. Then, master focus modes and techniques for sharp photographs.
Learn the basics of photography in a series of short, memorable lessons. Chris' straight-forward teaching style is great for newbies that find the task of learning photography daunting, while the to-the-point lessons make it possible to spend just a few minutes a day mastering your camera with easy photography tips and techniques.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- Beginner photographers
- First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
- Any photographer that wants to get off automatic mode to shoot better photos
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.