A Beginner’s Guide On Using Camera Exposure To Satisfy Color Saturation

I’m David Johnston, a professional photographer with over five decades of experience behind the lens and the founder of WDJPhoto. Over the past few years, I’ve seen many shutterbugs spend tons of cash on expensive DSLR cameras, thinking that they will be able to shoot better photos.

However, it’s not the “tool” but the “worker” that’s the prime driver in delivering high-quality imagery. For instance, some of the best images I’ve captured were with my phone. Therefore, I inform hobbyists not to purchase a high-end model until they are ready to take that step.

I also give budding photographers handy tips to improve their skills, as I want to release them from the bondage of “Automatic” settings. Please take a couple of minutes to read my beginner’s guide on using camera exposure to satisfy color saturation.

Getting Started

Experiment: Set your camera to Manual (“M”) and experiment with the light, shutter speed, and depth of field settings. It will soon become evident that these three things are intimately interrelated and highly predictable in terms of how they affect each other.

Next Steps

Follow these three steps for success:

1. Find the ISO setting and put it on 100.

2. For simplicity’s sake, start with setting your camera’s F-Stop to F8 and leave it there as you manipulate your shutter speed.

3. Work through your shutter speeds starting at 125th/second for the average light on most days. Take a photo and review it in the camera to see if you are close. If it’s too light, move your shutter speed up a notch; if it’s too dark, move it to the lowest number and try again.

Advice From The Pros

Practice, practice, practice: Using the manual camera feature through trial-and-error is the best method by which a new photographer can become comfortable with the three rudimentary settings of light, shutter speed, and depth of field.

Don’t give up: Everyone can become a very competent photographer from the point of view of exposure and the technical quality of an image. The difference between an amateur and a professional is the “eye” with which they view the world. Remember, the true talent of a photographer gets demonstrated by the visual impact of the images they produce.

At WDJPhoto, my goal is to exceed your expectations. As the go-to photographer in New Westminster, British Columbia, you can feel confident about capturing your precious memories with me. I specialize in wall art, landscapes, Vancouver island art, and west coast photography.

I serve clients across New Westminster, Victoria, Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, and Port Coquitlam. I also cover Port Moody, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Kamloops, Haida Gwaii, and the surrounding areas.

Visit my website to learn more or contact WDJPhoto today.