Since I got bitten by the photography bug, I’ve been saving all the boxes of photography products purchased over the years. I was surprised at the generous amount of boxes stored in one of my closets.
In an effort to try out my new toys—the shutter remote control cable/intervalometer and the light meter—I carefully placed all the boxes on our dining table to take a shot at the heap of boxes of different sizes and shapes.
The remote control cable performed as expected, and so did the light meter. I was a bit hesitant with the latter, but really it was a piece of cake. The shots were taken at night with a Canon DSRL camera (EOS Rebel T2i) and continuous light. My goal was to experiment the quality of the exposure in a low-light environment which is a challenge for most photographers. The challenge consists of balancing the three variables of an exposure—ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed.
Aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together to properly expose an image. A change to one will affect the other two. For example, increasing the shutter speed will need to be matched by an increase in ISO or aperture size to maintain the same exposure value. Likewise, decreasing the size of the aperture (selecting a higher f-number) will require a faster shutter speed or lowering the ISO. The basic point here is that selecting an exposure is always an exercise in compromise. In many situations, it may not matter, but in low lighting, finding a balance of settings, that offers the DOF (Depth of Field), motion and noise level, you want may be a challenge. The key is to practice and experiment as much as you can and not be intimidated.
There is no right or wrong way to take a photograph. Experiment with the settings until you get the shot you’re happy with.
Remember that “practice makes perfection.” Below are two shots taken with aforementioned accessories. So far so good.