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Analyzing Photos

Take your photography to the next level by Analyzing Photos

Previously, I discussed how analyzing photos helps photographers troubleshooting pictures. I showed how changing the metering modes can enhance the images. In this article, I am going to dig deeper  into analyzing photos and how it can improve your skills.

The Exposure is the most important element in photography. We can control the exposure by using ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.

What would be the best exposure setting for a photo?

Photographers can find out about the best combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO by analyzing photos. Therefore, there is not a set of rules to discuss. However, there can be some guidelines and numbers and I usually share them in my photography classes.

Having said that, you can learn a lot about this settings just by analyzing your photos. Here are some tips for you:


I took the below image in one of the photography field trips. When I looked at the picture, I noticed that the Depth Of Field was too shallow.

Shallow DOF

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Shallow Depth Of Field

I wanted an expanded Depth Of Field to bring the ducks in to focusing range. Therefore, I shot another photo and used higher aperture setting (f16). By increasing the f-number, I adjusted the shutter speed and/or ISO to balance the exposure.


Expanded DOF

Expand the DOF by using higher f-value
Expand the DOF by using higher f-value

Shutter Speed:

A digital camera has a vast range of shutter speeds, from 30 seconds all the way to 1/8000 of a second. Therefore, finding the right shutter speed might be a challenge for a photographer. As a rule of thumb, you should consider whether you want to freeze actions or make the movements blurry.

In this photo, I wanted to capture the duck flapping the wings. Although, I set the shutter speed to 1/500s, it was not fast enough.

Not So Fast Shutter Speed!

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Shutter speed was not fast enough

Therefore, I changed the shutter speed to 1/2000s and shot the perfect image:

Fast Shutter Speed!

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A fast shutter speed freezes actions

Here are more samples of different shutter speeds. Clearly, you can spot the successful photos!

Do you want to learn more?

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