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Troubleshooting Photos

Troubleshooting Photos is a Photographers Best Learning Tool.

It is true that “Practice makes perfect”, however, practicing without analyzing the result is not very useful. In learning photography, practicing is very important. However, it is NOT enough! In my opinion, Analyzing and Troubleshooting photos are as important as practicing.

Generally speaking, practicing makes a photographer faster, but not necessary a better photographer. If a photographer takes several photos with the same setting, nothing will change. On the other hand, if a photographer takes a photo, then analyzes it to find out what can be done (either in camera settings or composition) to improve the picture, then there will be the improvement.

What is “Troubleshooting Photos”?

In all of my workshops, I teach students how to analyze their photos and find out how to fix any issues.

Generally, troubleshooting photos means that you need to look at the image and consider what changes you need to apply to make the photo better. These changes can be all the way from camera orientation to changing the exposure mode.

I am going to post a series of new articles to share some tips for analyzing and fixing the issues. However, to make this topic easier to understand, I am going to explain different scenarios and fixes.

Metering Modes

All new digital cameras are equipped with a very advanced built in light meter. Therefore, learning the cameras light meter is essential for a photographer’s success.

The other day I was walking around one of the local parks and saw a very interesting scene. Everything was equally important in that scene. Therefore, I chose the “Matrix/Evaluative” metering mode. The light meter made an average exposure. Here is the result:

Average Metering (Matrix/Evaluative)

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As everything is equally important in this scene, I chose average metering.

As you can see, the camera made an average exposure. It sacrificed some details in highlights and some in the shadows. However, the overall result is good.

On the other hand, I saw some leaves that the Sun was shining behind them. That was a perfect moment for backlight/Rim light photo. I took the picture and was not happy with the result.

Average Metering (Matrix/Evaluative)

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Using Average metering caused a faded photo.

I looked at the photo and realized that I needed to change the metering mode to force the camera to read the exposure on the leaves, not overall the scene.

Spot Metering

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After switching to spot metering mode, I forced the camera to set the exposure for the leaves.

As a matter of fact, in many scenarios, photographers can make an image enhancement just by switching between the metering modes. Here are more samples:

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