It’s fun to mess with different filters, but if you ever wanted to understand the mechanics and cut down on the ‘I wonder what will happen if I use this filter’ time, this is a good place to start.
This two-parter is an accompaniment to the Photography 101 posts on the basic concepts of photography. It’s not a post that will help you take better pictures; rather, it will help you understand the pictures that you have taken, and make more meaningful edits.
Low key has always been my favourite technique, although it’s possible I just habitually underexpose photos because I don’t know what I’m doing. Huh.
To illustrate how high key photography works, let’s look at a disturbing series of photos featuring the UK’s next top model, Darth Tater.
Think of a triangle where the three points are ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Somewhere inside that triangle is the perfect balance of these three things for the photo you’re trying to take.
ISO speeds need a slightly longer explanation and a lot of comparison talk about analogue/film cameras plus some peanut butter chat but bear with me, it’s all useful.
This is the second in my ‘Photography 101’ series. We learn how to limit (or increase) the amount of light going through the diaphragm by adjusting the aperture.
Shutter speed is the easiest of the concepts to understand, but in my humble opinion it’s the most powerful. When I take an image, I set the ISO number and the aperture and then mess with the shutter speed to get the effect I want.