03/14/10 153 W, 1 I - + 3 - 4 Overexposure


Incident photography is challenging. You're trying orient yourself in a dynamic physical environment, while staying safe and out of everyone's way, while composing and anticipating shots, while traversing as many sides of the scene as possible, and while operating one or two cameras. And those cameras have controls. Buttons, dials, etc. What happens when you're rushed, and perhaps more prone to manhandling your gear? Lately that's meant accidentally switching to manual focus-- resulting in blurry photos-- or accidentally switching to a manual shutter setting. The latter was done during the height of yesterday's airport drill. Right when the action started, in fact. Here's an example of the resulting overexposure. See more examples in the soon-to-be-posted full series. Thankfully, the mistake was caught within a few minutes. Always keep an errant eye on the LCD screen, even in sunlight. And, duh, listen for that ever-so-perceptible sound of a lagging or slower shutter.
 







  
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