Creative Corner Vlog 4 – The exposure triangle

On this episode of the Creative Corner I talk about the exposure triangle’s 3 elements: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.

Understanding these 3 elements and what part they play in your photo will give you a properly exposed image. You can only control all 3 when you shoot in manual mode. In Auto mode the camera will set everything for you and give you no control over your camera. Auto is fine when you are outside on a nice sunny day and you have plenty of ambient light, but when you are indoors and in low light auto will not work.

Getting out of auto and into manual mode is the best thing you can do, you take total control and you set all you’re setting depending on your environment. It has taken me time to learn, and I am still learning day by day, but I want to share with you what I have learned so far and hopefully it can help at least one person.

Back to the exposure triangle, when you come to understand Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO photography gets so much easier, more enjoyable and addicting. The goal is to get a proper exposure. What is a proper exposure? It just means that your camera meter is in the center.

Your meter is the little green lines you see when you look into the viewfinder, they can be on the bottom or on the sides depending on the camera model. You need to make sure the meter is right in the middle and that will guarantee you a properly exposed image. How do you get the meter in the middle? Well that is were you need to know about aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how changing one will effect the other two. Your meter will move to the left or to the right depending on the settings you dial in.

In another episode I will talk more about the meter and the different camera modes and when you can and should use them. You don’t always need to use manual, but you need to stay away from auto.

I hope this video helps you and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will gladly answer it.

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Learn about photography for free

Practice makes perfect they say, but first we must learn about our craft to go out there and practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about photography for free from professional photographer Ruben Rodriguez this upcoming Tuesday 6/20/17 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm in Ontario, CA.

Ruben offers these ongoing workshops 4 times a month to anyone interested in photography no matter their skill level.

So Stop by, ask questions, learn and go out and practice!


Join us!

When: 6/20/17

Where: Colony High School (inside the library)

3850 E Riverside Dr, Ontario, CA 91761

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm


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Attention southern California (Inland Empire and surrounding) photography enthusiasts! Don’t miss out on these free on-going photography workshops. It does not matter what your experience level is, you don’t even need to have a camera. This workshop is designed to get local photographers together to talk about all subjects regarding photography, techniques and equipment.

If you are looking to purchase your 1st camera and you need help deciding which one to buy, than head on over to the workshop. Are you looking to get out of Auto mode? This workshop is for you too! Are you a professional photographer and you are looking to take your photography to the next level?  This workshop will be perfect for you as well.

Again these workshops are free, provided by city of Ontario, CA library programs, so take advantage of them and pass this information out to your friends and family. The host of these workshops is local photographer Ruben Rodriguez. Ruben has tremendous passion for photography and loves to teach it. He always says, if I can help just one person learn one thing from my class, my time has been well spent.

Next workshop is Tuesday 5/16/17 for location click here



Do you have a question regarding photography, Cameras, equipment or photo techniques? Join the Photography workshop on 4/4/17 in Ontario, CA. If you can’t make it do to distance, no problem send me your question here and I will be more than happy to assist you by getting your question answered by local professional photographers.

To make things fun, I might even go live on Instagram with your question, so make sure you follow 🙂