MAIN EX­PO­SURE OP­TIONS TO USE FOR POR­TRAITS

YOUR CAM­ERA HAS A MUL­TI­TUDE OF FUNC­TIONS, MODES AND OP­TIONS THAT ARE GEARED TO­WARDS HELP­ING PRO­DUCE PER­FECT EX­PO­SURES. WE COVER THE MAIN OP­TIONS TO CON­SIDER US­ING WHEN YOU'RE SHOOT­ING POR­TRAITS

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Y OU COULD BE for­given for won­der­ing why your cam­era has been packed with so many me­ter­ing op­tions and over­rides, see­ing as it gets the ex­po­sure cor­rect most of the time. Well, the fact re­mains that no ex­po­sure sys­tem is per­fect and there are sce­nar­ios and con­di­tions in which un­der- or over­ex­po­sure is likely to hap­pen. Pre- empt­ing these sit­u­a­tions and know­ing what to do if your cam­era's me­ter­ing sys­tem strug­gles to give a cor­rect ex­po­sure, as well as de­cid­ing what set­tings or ex­po­sure aids are best, are some of the fac­tors we're look­ing at here.

You'll most likely be us­ing aper­turepri­or­ity mode, as this is the most pop­u­lar choice of ex­po­sure mode for por­traits, as it al­lows you to eas­ily con­trol depth- of- field. Some ad­vanced pho­tog­ra­phers pre­fer to use man­ual mode, tak­ing full con­trol of the ex­po­sure by ad­just­ing shut­ter speeds, aper­tures and the ISO rat­ing. But, un­less you've a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in han­dling dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, or you're us­ing ex­po­sure aids like a light meter or grey card ( both cov­ered later), we'd sug­gest you start off by us­ing aper­ture- pri­or­ity mode. Not only will this mode al­low you to con­trol depth- offield with ease, but it will also mean you can quickly ac­cess the rel­e­vant me­ter­ing pat­terns and over­rides that you need to en­sure per­fect ex­po­sures ev­ery time.

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