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Photography is writing with light.
In order to make beautiful pictures it is therefore of the utmost importance that we measure the brightness.
The most important part of your camera is the light meter.



Contrary to what the manufacturer wants us to believe, light meters can not think. Even the most complicated built-in measuring systems do nothing but measure the incoming light.


Modern devices are measured at different places in the image, after which an average brightness is obtained.

This is suitable for most images with an average grayscale. This means the sum of all the lightest parts and all the darkest parts, is equal to the average grayscale. In the examples above and above this is not the case; the dark parties predominate. The opposite applies to the pictures below.*

And in this lies the limitation of each light measuring device.

Suppose: You want to photograph a small or narrow object on a black or white background.

Light meters react to what they “see.” With a white background, the light meter will see a large white area, and will want to regardingcompensate it by illuminating under. Result: A black (too dark) subject on a grey background.

In the case of a black background, the light meter will want to regardingcompensate it in the other direction... Result: A too light object on a grey background.

The solution: With a light background we need one to two click stopsregarding, and with a dark background, one to two stopsunderneathilluminate. Now we will notice that, in the first case, the wall will be muscle white, and in the second beautiful black (or, if any, the right light or dark color). Our subject will be highlighted with a beautiful drawing in the texture and the right color of our motif.

Natural light is the most beautiful, but direct sunlight is rarely perfect. A flash lamp on the device never gives a satisfactory result.
Better we use the light present. If the light is too weak, a tripod provides a solution to avoid motion blur. Setting a higher light sensitivity on our device is also an option to photograph in the event of lack of light.

Good luck, and from now on only perfect pictures!

* The first two pictures were underexposed one stop, with daylight;

The third picture (snowdrops) was underexposed one and a half click stop, with artificial light;

The fourth shot, on tripod, was regardingexposed two stops, with the light present;

The last photograph was photographed by hand, regardingexposed once, with daylight.

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