Tuesday, May 22, 2012

exposure compensation

camera setting that helps you control the amount of light entering the lens


Last night, our photography club went to downtown Asheville to eat and drink and learn how to take pictures at night. Now I don't play with a big girl camera, mine is the baby in the bunch but I did learn how to use my exposure settings on my camera which lets in a lot more light. It was amazing for me, that my little 16 exposure could change the scene so much at night.

All the pictures have the same ISO 100, and same aperture of 4.0, and all used the timer and tripod. Pictures taken at 9:22 pm, not really dark enough to truly play with this wonderful feature.
The only difference is the exposure settings.

1 second exposure

( I love this shot because of the car blur, the car on the left is a police car, they weren't going fast at all as it's a 4 way stop there, but they look like they are speeding by )

2.5 exposure

4 second exposure
( notice the cars at this exposure, is reduced to just tail lights , and I like the ghosting of the people as they walked down the side walk )

13 second exposure
( You can see that it wasn't dark enough to use all of my 16 second exposure that I had available :)

So it is very cool to play with this feature, I want to do another sequence shot like this one to show how much light can be added during the night just using street lights and building lights. This really did amaze me!

Do you know where the exposure setting is on your camera?


Kalea Wavedancer said...

I love the old timey truck in front of what looks like an old timey building. Nice capture!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...great piccy's Sandee looks like you had a lotta fun, the one with the red tail lights is a pretty cool effect & I must say the yellow car/pick-up? in the backgroud is mighty fine too...Mel :)

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great photos- how fun to play with your camera this way!

Redanne said...

You do take the most amazing photos Sandee, I love that old fashioned truck in front of the tavern. Anne x

Terrie said...

Great images and excellent experimenting. I took a photo a day last year and spent a lot of time experimenting with this setting - fun to see the results. Good job and thanks for sharing all that!

Katie said...

This is very cool! I've always wanted to try this, but don't have a tripod or remote, so mine come out all blurry!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Have to admit I don't know where the exposure setting is on our camera--but I do know where the instruction manual is, LOL! Beautiful photos!

505whimsygirl said...

Great photos. I like the first one the best. Although it's interesting to see the differences. Sounds like you had a great time.


Pat N. said...

Love the yellow truck in your photo. What a quaint looking town. Sorry I haven't been by lately; busy at work, and my niece's wedding is almost here!--Pat