EYV 1 exercise 1.1
Take three or four exposures of the same scene. Don’t change anything on the camera and keep the framing the same.
This was a very useful exercise as it clearly demonstrates how much difference can be made to a shot by even just slight changes in the light and minor movements in the subject. As instructed in the preamble to the exercise, I had set my camera to shoot in auto mode. My first three shots, of a supermarket carpark, were taken just 5 seconds apart using a tripod but the resulting images have quite different moods: the second shot was taken as the sun emerged from a cloud and so has much sharper shadows. It also captures a man in mid-step near the top of the image as he crosses the road. These two things together make the image a lot more dynamic than the other two. My second set were of the sea and were handheld, so it’s not surprising that there is even more difference between the three photos in this set.
This was a good lesson for me to learn, as it’s not at all unusual for me to take just a single shot if I’m confident I framed it the way I wanted and had the exposure level about right, even with subjects as volatile as the sea. I will now always remember that there is no such thing as two identical shots and that the second or third one may just capture an adjustment that makes all the difference to the shot.