Exposure Values

Lighting and composition

Gain a thorough understanding of how exposure affects the outcome of your images in a lecture and walking tour exploring Exposure Value.

What You’ll Learn

Exposure Value is a fundamental building block of photography and needs to be fully grasped to advance your knowledge and skill in taking pictures and getting the results you seek in your images.

Exposure value denotes all combinations of a camera's shutter speed and relative aperture that result in the same exposure. Choosing among combinations of shutter speeds and exposures on your camera’s settings will not only help you achieve a proper exposure, but will also affect the resulting visual effect of your image.

Following the classroom instruction on EV, the group will take a walk or carpool to a designated location for an on-site group photo shoot.

This class will cover an in depth overview of the fundamentals of exposure to help you understand the intricacies of exposure and the ways in which this affects your images. Topics discussed include the three elements below that, working in harmony contribute to the final outcome of your images.

Overview of Topics

  • ISO (film speed)
  • Shutter Speed (time value)
  • Aperture (opening of the lens)

Although all camera settings with the same exposure value nominally give the same exposure, they may not necessarily give the same picture.

  • The exposure time “shutter speed” determines the amount of motion, or blur,
  • The relative “aperture”, opening of the lens, determines the depth of field; that is, the amount of foreground or background that is in focus in addition to the subject.
  • The light sensitive medium, such as the film image sensor in a digital camera may exhibit reciprocity failure; a point in the light necessary to produce a good exposure is no longer related with previous levels of exposure.

This is a fundamental building block program intended for the DSLR owner who is looking to advance from Auto or Program modes in the camera to mastering and controlling exposure.  

What you'll Need

A D-SLR or camera that allows you to manually adjust Aperture, Shutter Speed and Focus. Tripod and Cable Release or Automatic Timer are suggested.

Due to the very hands on nature of this workshop, class size is limited to 10 people.

Skill Level



$79.00, plus Eventbrite online processing fee

Save 10% if you register more than 2 weeks in advance!

Tuition includes lecture and one on one assistance, as well as a $10 coupon that you can use towards anything in-store at any Mike's Camera location!

Registration, Dates, Times & Locations

Mike's Camera, Sacramento

Saturday August 31, 2019 10:30am to 1:30pm


More Details:

Limit 8

Experience Level:  Beginner - Advanced  Beginners and experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop.

Endurance Level:  Moderate - All age levels are welcomed. Light hiking is involved, but nothing too strenuous. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position.

Workshop Dates: April 22, 2020 to April 25, 2020

Departure Date: April 26, 2020

Lodging:  Our home base for this workshop is LaQuinta located in Moab, Utah where we have reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate. To reserve a room for this workshop click on this link. You are free to stay anywhere in the area.

What is Included? The cost of the workshop DOES includes: Photo instruction by Craig Wennersten at multiple locations, deep space observation session and photo editing  using Lightroom / Photoshop classroom instruction.This workshop DOES NOT included: Transportation to / from Moab and during the workshop (we will carpool as much as possible), flights or car rentals, lodging or meals.

Price:  $ 1,399.00

Hope To See You There!  ~ Keep Looking Up!  Please feel free to contact Craig if you have any questions or need any help with your gear or equipment requirements.

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