Exposure Triangle

This past month has been all about creating photographs to support “Cheese Photography 101 for Makers, Mongers & Bloggers,” an upcoming online workshop jam-packed with tips, tools and techniques to help you take better photos of cheese. It has been a labor of love, sharing what I’ve learned about the art and craft of cheese photography and styling over the years.

In creating the course, I’m laser focused on offering essential information efficiently and relaying fairly high-level photography topics, distilling them to their essence for an audience focused on other things – making and selling cheese! I love how it’s coming together and can’t wait to share it with you this summer!

As I create and edit the program, I’ll be sharing some info that will help you understand high-level photography concepts. Over time, I hope to pique your curiosity enough that you’ll turn your camera off Auto forever and dive deep into the adventure of cheese photography.

Bonus: Knowing your way around your camera will improve your all-around photography skills – whether you’re shooting family, landscape, documentary or food! More importantly, your confidence behind the lens will skyrocket and you’ll understand HOW to capture the shot you imagine!

The Foundation of Photography

When you take your camera off Auto, you are in control of the exposure. As you strive to capture that perfect exposure – the perfect balance of light and dark in your image – you have three tools at your disposal, controlling how much light reaches your camera’s sensor. These three tools comprise the Exposure Triangle.

  • ISO – how sensitive your camera sensor is to light
  • Shutter Speed – how long the shutter remains open and how much light reaches the sensor
  • Aperture – how much light can enter through the lens

Settings for these variables impact the look, feel and quality of the final image. They also are the tools that help you achieve your artistic vision and style.

Variables in the exposure triangle control many things about a photograph including:

  • Grain – how crisp an image is
  • Motion – whether drops of liquid freeze in midair or flow gently
  • Depth of Field – the plane of focus in an image – whether everything is in focus or just a crumble of cheese in the foreground

I will dive deeper into each corner of the triangle in posts over the next three weeks. Don’t miss a thing – sign up for the e-newsletter

For now, here are several images that were created using specific variables in the Exposure Triangle. Take a look at the numbers in the bottom left describing the exposure settings of each photo. This information contains elements of the “recipe” used to create the image.

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Medium Shutter Speed - olive oilShallow Depth of Field - Birchrun BlueSlow Shutter Speed + Tripod

See previous Cheese Photography 101 posts on Hard and Soft Light, Reflecting Light and Using Bounce to Improve Cheese Photography.

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