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Learn By Doing Photography

Assignment #3 – What if you are photographing a zebra?

Don’t put away your gray card yet!

Still trying to wrap my head around metering! The first week we discussed what our camera sees if our photo is mostly white. Week 2 was if a majority of our photo was black. Which brings us to a zebra what happens if you photograph equal parts black and white. Will they balance each other out so you end up with your blacks black and your white white or will our camera find middle gray? I have no idea! I am excited to see what happens when I give it a try!

So let’s pick up our camera and learn by doing – next assignment find something with equal parts black and white and photograph it on manual exactly the way your camera sees. Next picture use a gray card to see if your color changes!

This is what we learned so far:

  • If your picture is made up of mostly white your camera will underexpose trying to find middle gray.
  • If you picture is made up of mostly black your camera will overexpose trying to find middle gray.

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