Boot Camp


If you’ve never manually set your camera’s exposure, I strongly recommend you grab the instruction manual for your camera and then go to

On YouTube, do a search for “How to set (your camera name) to manual exposure.”

Now that you can manually set your exposure, let’s play!

While this might not be the fastest way to find the best light for your exposure, it is certainly the easiest and best way to train our brain to understand the intensity of light.


1. Set your camera to the exposure setting provided by 365 Photo King.


2. Take a photo strait ahead of you to check the basic exposure. 1 of 3 things will happen: 1 the image recorded will be very white, which means the area is to bright and you will need to find a less bright environment.  2 the image is very dark if not black, which means you need to start finding a brighter environment or bring in lights. 3 The image exposure will look pretty close to a properly exposed image, hence you can see details in the shadow and the highlights (the brightest areas), if so, you are ready to go on to the next step.


3. Once you know the kind of light you need for the exposure settting, it’s time to decide how much motion, if any you want in the photo.

So first, is movement even an option?  (movement refers to a blurring effect on the exposure, a good example of this are those photos of a street at nighttime where you see car lights streaking down the street.  Movement call also be more subtle; you could photography a windmill on a nice day and you want the viewer to know that the blades are moving, so a shutter speed of about 1/30th of a second should produce a little blur so the viewer knows it was not just standing still.)

If the shutter-speed is less then 1/200th of a second, then movement is an option.  Anything faster then 1/200th of a second, unless a fast moving object, will likely not show any movement.  Movement is one of those funny things, it can either be very artistic or simply the sign of a poorly produced image, but at the end of the day it is your art, so it’s your decision to make.


4. Next, it’s time to put some composition into your image.  Using the design principle of the day, figure out how to incorporate your subject to best fit the design principle.  Remember to try a different lens, different angle, or even a different subject within the day’s basic guidelines.


5. Now that you’ve solved the day’s settings, spend a minute thinking about what else you would do.  This is my favorite part!  For a journalist, they will often focus on getting the assignment, “In the can” which of course means something they can provide the editor regardless what happens next.  But!  After they get the “can” shot, they start using their imaginations to come up with something better if they have anytime.  You’ve “Completed” the assignment and know what you need to do to get the exposure, so why not try to kick it up a notch? Try a different subject, try a different lighting set up, the opportunities are endless and each attempt will strengthen your photography!


6. Pat yourself on the back, great job!  You’ve stretched yourself and well on your way to being an amazing photographer!  Make sure to tell us about your experience on I really want to hear about it!  Plus, if there is anything I can do to make the app better, please let me know!


















Have you exposed today?

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