Category Archives: Exposure

Photographing the perfect silhouette

I particularly like to shoot silhouettes. In truth, I probably shoot them too often, but I can’t get enough of them. They provide a strong, graphic image. Whether in black and white or in color, they tend to be compositionally bold with strong visual impact. Photographing a silhouette isn’t hard, as long as you follow [...]

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Expose yourself

It’s easy to blame your equipment when it takes an improper exposure. But a camera is an unthinking, unfeeling machine. It doesn’t know if a scene is too dark or too light, nor does it care. It takes in information about what’s coming through the lens and then adjusts the camera’s settings to set algorithms. [...]

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The white trees

Sometimes the correct exposure isn’t the necessarily right one. I had an assignment to shoot a portrait of former NFL football player Eric Williams at the class of 1980 St. Mary’s High School reunion in the banquet room of the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club on a recent evening. When I arrived, Williams wasn’t there [...]

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    Clifford Oto

    Clifford Oto, an award-winning photographer, has been with The Record since 1984. Through the changes from black and white to digital photography, he’s kept his focus on covering the events, people and life of San Joaquin county. This blog deals ... Read Full
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