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How do I get the right exposure with my digital camera?

This film is part of the series "How To Get The Right Exposure With Your Digital Camera"

How To Get The Right Exposure With Your Digital Camera

Mark Comon (Vice President, Paul's Photo, Torrance, CA) gives expert video advice on: How do I get the right exposure with my digital camera?

How do I get the right exposure with my digital camera?

Exposure is the question I get asked the most about. It's hard to know how to get the right exposure unless you know something about photography. If you leave your camera in the green automatic mode, there's not a lot you can do to affect the exposure. If you want to get more into photography, you're going to choose the light meter mode. The light meter mode on our camera allows us to shoot in matrix, spot or average metering. You're going to flip between matrix and spot metering to light meter properly. It's hard in 3 seconds to tell you how to get the right exposure because I teach classes where we discuss exposure for two hours and that's not enough - we do six two-hour lessons, and that's not enough. The bottom line is: with your camera, shoot so the subject fills the frame, and more often than not you're going to be happy with the exposure.