July 10, 2013 Shoot assessment tech Exposure

This Technical assessment area of Exposure describes the standards and expectations for exposure in abbywinters.com shoots, and explains the assessment criteria against which every shoot will be assessed (stills and video components are assess separately).

Workbook: Download this  14 page (469 Kb) PDF workbook, print in colour, and use it to take notes in, while watching the video.

Special warning to English-Second-Language speakers

Some languages (Polish, Catalan, at least) swap the English definitions for Aperture and Shutter speed, which can make things really confusing! In English:

Aperture: The size of the hole that lets light in. Measured in f-stops. Eg, f2.8, f11. On Wikipedia.

Shutter speed: How long the “film” (or, digital sensor) is exposed to light for. Measured in time, usually fractions, eg, 1/250th (for, one 250th of a second). On Wikipedia.

Please always use the English terms when working with abbywinters.com.


Size: 116Mb, 27’20”

Lia image showing and example of unacceptable grain (shot at ISO 2500 on Canon 5Dmk3, with a Canon 28-70 f2.8 L).

A good YouTube video explaining histograms – there are many other good ones on YouTube as well.


Download the Tech exposure assignment worksheet (9 pages, 15.4Kb, MS Word), consider the instructions. Use the nominated links to abbywinters.com shoots to get the media, and use the prompters to assess the exposure in each shoot.

Before submitting, double check the instructions have been followed (and if English is not your first language, review the warning above the video), ensure your name forms part of the file name, and submit to your Trainer.

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