Follow these 6+ tips on using the Exposure Triangle

There are several important settings on your camera you need to familiarize yourself with to take great pictures. These settings make up the exposure triangle. Follow these 6+ tips on using the exposure triangle.
The exposure triangle is made up of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. When set up correctly, these all work together to help you produce the best shots possible. Follow the tips below to get started.
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1. Lighting
Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO all contribute to how much light and how sharp an image becomes. These can work for or against each other, based on how well you know about each. When one setting is changed, it will affect the others, so keep this in mind when making adjustments for certain shots you take.
2. Shutter speed
Shutter speed determines how long the shutter is left open, which allows the sensor light. Fast shutter speeds produce photos at low exposures. Slow shutter speeds result in high exposures. A high shutter speed can freeze action in shots.
3. Aperture
The aperture determines how wide or narrow the the lens opening, or iris is. A narrow aperture, set at a high f-stop, lets in a little light. A wide aperture, which is set at a low f-stop, lets in more light. The depth of field is also determined by the aperture.
4. ISO
ISO lets you take shots in low light, when needed. You want to use the lowest ISO possible to produce the best light, but sometimes its better to use a higher ISO. This can cause digital noise to show up in your shots, so keep this in mind. You can lessen this in post-processing.
5. Image stabilization
Image stabilization can be used with slower shutter speeds. Image stabilization helps reduce camera shake, which is more likely to show up with slow shutter speeds.
6. Exposure values
Exposure values are determined by specific combinations of aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. Using math, light getting to the sensor can be halved or doubled. These are also referred to as stops.
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7. Stops
F-stops have to do with the aperture setting. Familiarize yourself with the sequence of f-stops, so that you know the affect each one has when you adjust to them. Each stop will either add or take away to the exposure of the shot.

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