As photographers, we spend a lot of time trying to get the perfect exposure and discussing and learning a variety of techniques to do so. But what is a “correct” exposure anyway? Maybe it does not exist at all.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this insightful video discusses the idea of “correct” exposure. I think Popsys is on to something important here. We spend a ton of time talking about and practicing the technical side of exposure, and of course, it is crucial that you have solid technique in that area. However, what sometimes gets lost in that process is that mastering the technical side of things is the means to an artistic end, not the end itself. The exposure you want for what you are trying to express with your image and what the “correct” exposure is by conventional standards may not always be the same thing; in fact, they may be wildly different in certain circumstances. The important thing is not that you always nail the “correct” exposure, whatever that is, but rather, that you have the skills to control the exposure of an image however you want and you put them to use by making intentional decisions about it. Check out the video above for Popsys’ full thoughts.