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Never able to sit still, I'm always on the go. With a camera at my side, I'm always seeking out a new adventure, experiencing a new place, living in a different culture, or meeting someone new.  My wanderlust has brought me to the far corners of the earth and I still have a lot of ground to cover.  

Lesson 1.1: The Perfect Exposure.

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Lesson 1.1: The Perfect Exposure.

Chris Ford

Here's a simple set up.  Below is a white bowl with blackberries on top of a small countertop.  There’s natural light source coming from the window behind the bowl and that's about it.  I took a photo, shown in the first image, in Auto Mode.  Too dark.  At this point, most people give up and move on.  But, wait!  This scene can easily be properly exposed.   It's only a matter of understanding the light and knowing how to use your equipment to get the proper exposure.

First, let’s talk about how light works, and why it is so important to photographers.  

Read more: Lesson 1.2: How Light Works 

Image 1.) Taken in Automatic Mode.  

Image 1.) Taken in Automatic Mode.  

Image 2.) Taken in Manual Mode with a homemade reflector and simple drapes.  

Image 2.) Taken in Manual Mode with a homemade reflector and simple drapes.