Navigating the Exposure Triangle

A few thoughts to help demystify the Exposure Triangle (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) with an emphasis on framing and approach for new photographers and content creators. Merely my own opinions, of course, and shared from my own experience.

Hope you find it in some way helpful. Feel free to share any thoughts / links below with those who may benefit along the way.


Image EXIF

Wyatt & Jim – f/6.3, 1/500, ISO50 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Wyatt – f/6.3, 1/500, ISO50 @ 23mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Sarah – f/2.5, 1/200, ISO100 @ 85mm via Sony A7R2, Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art
Lake Moomaw – f/16, 1/6, ISO50 @ 18mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Matt – f/4, 1/50, ISO125 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Matt – f/4, 1/50, ISO125 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Orchestra Pit – f/7, 1/40, ISO2000 @ 16mm via Sony A7R2, Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS


Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS –

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG GN Art –
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG GN Art –
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR –
AKG Perception 220 condenser mic –
Zoom H4N recorder –

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USED Cameras for New Photographers – Don’t Break the Bank

Make the absolute most of old glass and significantly upgrade your image quality without selling the farm. The fact is that 95% of all cameras outperform 99% of most photographers. While gear does matter, it’s easy to over-extend in terms of need and investment and I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes over the years.

When upgrade time rolled around for me, I decided a few years back to test the preowned Alpha waters for my shooting needs – and I’ve never looked back. But let’s jump in and have a look as to why. If you have older glass laying around, this could be a fast-track off the shelf and into new life.


A7R article (2014) –
Leica M Super Elmar 18mm review (2014) –
Zone system tonal chart –
Used Alpha bodies (KEH) ––sony-e-system–full-frame-35mm-24x36mm.html
Used Alpha bodies (B&H) –
Used Alpha bodies (Adorama) –


Preowned A7R (1) –
Preowned A7R (2) –
Preowned A7R2 (1) –
Preowned A7R2 (2) –
Preowned battery grip (1st gen) –
Preowned battery grip (2nd gen) –
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T –
Sony 16-35mm f/4 OSS –
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG GN Art –
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG GN Art –
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR –
Leica 24mm f/2.8 (converted for digital) –
FotodioX Canon EF Lens to Sony E ProFusion Smart AF Adapter –
Fotasy Nikon Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Camera Mount Adapter –
AKG Perception 220 condenser mic –
Movo Photo WMIC50 Camera-Mount Wireless Lavalier –
Zoom H4N recorder –

Disclosure: we earn a small commission with each purchase via the links above.

Thanks for stopping by, as always. Hope you find it helpful along the way.

Budget Macro – Exploring Reverse Ring Adapters

As with any specialized area of photography, the art of macro photography – that is, making images of objects at a very close range – is in a creative world of its own.

This is true not only in terms of the specialized gear required to tell a story at a true 1:1 scale, but even more so in regard to the patience and practice needed to produce a clear and consistent result.

In this article, we’ll explore a technique known as reverse lens macro and consider one economical approach to producing amazing close-up images by using a simple reverse ring adapter and a manually-operated lens. Read more

Next Level Video – DJI OSMO Accessory Review

If you’re interested in adding smooth motion, cinematic video production to your skill set, the newly-released DJI Osmo is a must-have piece for the gear bag. As excellent as this tool is for FPV and interview work, adding a few key accessories can help take your creative vision to the next level.

In this tutorial, we’ll jump in and take a hands-on look at a couple of game-changing add-ons.

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Camera Bag Metering


More often than not, when shooting in the mixed light of partially-shaded areas – such as under canopy or near water where available light can be a spotty mixture of shadow and highlight – it can be difficult at times to locate a neutral tone on which to meter an accurate exposure.  For this reason, seasoned shooters will typically carry a gray card in their bag to combat this common issue.

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Restoring Scanned Slides and Negatives

If you’ve had the pleasure of converting film slides of days gone by to the digital format, you may have experienced that bittersweet feeling of excitement mingled with a tinge of disappointment upon first viewing the dust, debris and tiny fibers accumulated by storage over the years in the scanned result.

Building on a recent post, Digitally Converting Slides and Negatives with Jumbl, in this video tutorial we’ll take a look at a few simple techniques to help reverse the ravages of time and bring new life back to these important keepsakes by way of Adobe Photoshop.

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Benefits of Working with a Local Charity


Photographers face many challenges when first starting out and can have a tough time breaking into the local market. While it can certainly be said that photography is well-saturated in the cyber world, when we stop and take a short look around we see another story. New businesses and outreach efforts of all kinds are formed almost daily with a similar need of exposure.

One of the best and most rewarding ways to build a portfolio is to consider working with a local charity or non-profit organization. Read more