This is a photography tutorial for beginners. With this video, you will learn about the three things that affect the exposure of an image. After watching, you’ll know exactly what the aperture, shutter speed and ISO do to affect the exposure of your image.

Video Summary

There three things that affect the exposure of an image: The APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED and ISO. You need to find the perfect balance between these three elements to get the right look that you want, as well as the right exposure.

The aperture affects the amount of light that comes into the sensor and the depth of field. The depth of field will determine how much of the image is in focus.

The shutter speed will determine the length of the exposure. The longer the shutter speed, the more light comes in, and the shorter the shutter speed, the less light comes into the image. It also determines the amount of blur that appears in the photo. A longer exposure is more susceptible to blur and camera shake.

The ISO is the sensitivity of the sensor to light. Lower ISOs mean that the sensor is less sensitive and therefore going to need more light to expose an image. Higher ISO requires less light to expose and image, but adds noise the the image. Noise will saturate color, making them look unrealistic.

Getting the right exposure is all about balancing these three elements. It will take time, but if you learn the basics, it gets easier!

Leave comments and questions in the comment section! I’m always happy to help! Thanks!

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20 Responses

  1. YoImHere

    My friend you explained this so well and made it all sound so simple. I've been watching a lot of dslr tutorials and struggled to gain much, you have helped me a lot with this video, thanks bro

  2. Carina Cardenas

    I started getting into photography a few moths ago, but I know that I love it. Although I'm only using my Galaxy S7, this helped me so much! Thank you !!!!!

  3. Daymari Brito

    What type of camera do you recommend for beginners? And what type of lens?

  4. Carol Ramirez

    I'm a super newbie to photography. Thanks for posting this video – it helped me understand the basics. Keep the videos coming. Great teacher!

  5. tinonie100

    From a videographer turn photographer that's very helpful! Thank you!

  6. Alicia Arellano

    Thank you so much Nico for the video im wanting to take photography as a hobby & eventually move up to the next level after im comfortable with it I would like to get into portraits ex Weddings, birthday's, baptisms & maybe some landscaping pictures I really have no clue wich camera to shoot for could you please recommend one for me???

  7. Sheree Naqvi

    You explain so well. I always find other youtube videos too professional which lead to complication. Very helpful, I just need to experiment now. Thank you so much.

  8. rachael mclennan

    Just got my first dslr and this video was sooo helpful and made the camera less intimidating. Thank you! x

  9. Nathan Keogh

    This video has really helped me to understand the basics. Thank you very much. Your great at what you do!! 🙂

  10. AnwaarsPointOFView

    you are really a great teacher ,, you have said only the important thing in a fast way ,,
    thank you very much ,, we appreciate you

  11. Narayanan nampoothiri.k

    my cam is rebel t5 and firmware is 1.0.0.. does this need to be upgraded? do it harm my cam anyways ?

  12. Daft Photography

    Great tutorial! Very well made video, absolutely great! You explained everything very well and was able to follow easily, thank you very much!


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