Photography Tips and Tricks | Introducing Light | Learn to shoot manual mode

Hey Guys! This is the first video and blog in my fundamentals of light series in order to help you learn to shoot manual mode. Within this series we will be discussing Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. With this series I also created a super handy Photo Basics Cheat Sheet! You can find it off to the right of this page. All you have to do is enter your information and the cheat sheet will be available for instant download. Super neat right?! This is all free and will help you along your journey in learning photography.  For this first post I want to introduce light and exposure. After all what is photography without perfect light?

Every photo has a story. In order to create that story many elements have to come together. One of the key elements is light. it sets the mood, creates depth, or highlights your subject. Light can make or break a photo. So what are the fundamentals of seeing light? There is exposure, quality, direction, and then there is shadows and highlights.

Exposure is the amount of light that falls on the sensor of your camera resulting in the overall brightness of your image. In photography it is very common to hear exposure refered to as a stop of light. The difference between one stop can be significant. Here is an example:


This image goes from three stops under exposed to three stops over exposed. So how do you get the correct exposure? Exposure is controlled by three elements called the 'holy trinity' of exposure. These elements are Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. I will explain these three elements in three future blog posts. This way we can dive deep into each element.

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Wishing you all a wonderful day and beautiful photos,


P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here:
Kit Used:
Camera: Sony A7Rii:
Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master:
Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens:
Vanguard Tripod:

LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing:
Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom:
Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop :
Viva Video Pro for combining videos