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
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.