What Is Medium?

What Is Medium?

Learn how your camera’s light meter interprets the tonal values of the objects in your composition. The images presented are for illustration only.

Objective:
To photograph a subject either lighter or darker than medium and get the affect you want. There is no right or correct exposure just an exposure that produces the result you want. What your camera suggests for an exposure is just a starting point.
Steps:
1.Compose a picture where the majority of the composition is either lighter or darker than medium. The tone of a grey card is medium.

2.Take the picture using the camera’s suggested settings for shutter speed and aperture.

 

 
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3.Using the following chart as a guide to determine how far away from medium your composition is.

 

 
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4.Adjust the exposure accordingly. Take another picture.

 

 
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Variation:
Find an object of medium tone in the same light as your subject and take a meter reading. This object does not have to be part of your composition just in the same light. Re-compose and use this meter reading to take your picture.