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Photography Basics

Effective, quality photography is something that Adrenaline Broadcasting prides itself on. There is a big difference between good photography and great photography, and Adrenaline Broadcasting aims to outperform any professional production service you may have used in the past. We offer high-quality marketing, videography, photography, social media marketing services, commercial production, live event production, media production, 3D animation, graphic design, and more!

Knowing the basics of any trade is a fundamental stepping-stone towards mastery of a particular subject. Going over the fundamentals of a craft – such as photography – can refinforce the knowledge and skills required to take you to the next level. The basics listed below are for those individuals who use a DSLR camera as their bread-and-butter. We’ll be going over photography basics such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

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Here are a few key terms to memorize when learning the basics of photography.

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  • Exposure: Exposure, simply put, is the level of brightness or darkness of a photo. It seems simple enough to take a photo that is correctly exposed (has the proper brightness or darkness) – but in reality – but it can be quite tricky. Exposure uses features such as shutter speed, ISO, and aperture to determine the overall look of a photo. Exposure is the amount of light per unit area that reaches an electronic image sensor or photographic film.
  • Aperture: This is the hole that is seen within the lens. Light travels through this opening into the camera body. When you hit the shutter release button of your camera, a hole opens, which
    allows the camera’s image sensor to catch a glimpse of the scene you want to capture. The aperture that you set will impact the size of the hole. The larger the hole, the more light that is allowed to travel through; conversely, it will also mean that the smaller the hole, the less light. Aperture is measured in ‘f-stops’; moving from one f-stop to the next doubles or halves the size of the lens opening (and subsequently, the amount of light that is allowed through).
  • F-Stop: This is a camera setting that corresponds to a particular f-number. The f-number is an optical system, such as a camera lens, is the ratio of the system’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. The umber is a numerical measure of lens speed and an important concept to understand when beginning your photography journey.
  • Shutter Speed: This is the amount of time that the shutter is open. In film photography, shutter speed is the length of time that the film is exposed to the scene being photographed; in digital photography, shutter speed is the length of time that the image sensor views the scene you’re attempting to capture. Shutter speed is measured in seconds, or in most cases, fractions of seconds. The bigger the denominator, the faster the speed (1/1000 is much faster than 1/30). It is common practice to use faster shutter speeds, such as 1/60 or higher for most situations. This is because any shutter speed slower than this may cause blurry images due to camera shake (unless you use a stabilizing device, such as a tripod).
  • ISO: This is how sensitive your camera is to incoming liught. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive the camera will be to the light. The higher an ISO number is, the higher the light sensitivity will be. The “image sensor” is the part of the camera that can actually alter sensitivity. With increased sensitivity, your camera sensor can capture images in low-light environments without a flash. Higher sensitivity comes at an expense, as it has the tendency to add grain to the picture.

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