"The Last Light" - How To Get The Exposure Right

Review by Matej Tandara

"The Last Light" by Mary Fergusson

Initial Thoughts

The bokeh is very nice, good use of that f/2.8, it separates the subject from the background really well. The exposure is also spot on and the focus being on the front part of the flowers is also good. The idea behind the photo maybe isn’t the most creative one in the world but it certainly is beautiful.

Technical aspects

The settings you used for the photo are f/2.8, ISO 800 and a shutter speed of 1/1000s. The flowers most definitely wouldn't have been swaying that fast in any breeze so there was no use for that high of a shutter speed. Since you bumped the shutter speed, your ISO went up quite a bit too so it resulted in a noisy photo. You could’ve easily shot this at ISO 200 and a shutter speed of 1/250s and with the same result.


The overall look of the picture is quite chaotic with the flowers coming in and out of focus and that, combined with the other flowers in the background plus the hill, makes it difficult to look at and make out what is what. If you add a little bit more contrast and warm up the tones it could help make the photo less sporadic.

An example of the photo with boosted contrast and slightly warmer tones!