You Need to See this Deep Dive on the Science Behind Exposure and Metering

You know about the exposure triangle and sunny 16, but do you know the science behind them?

Exposure is an integral part of photography: you literally deal with this every single time you take a picture or look at the live view coming from your digital camera. Metering is also a very important part to how digital cameras work, especially those that work in some sort of automatic mode: this is how your camera decides to measure the light and by extension, figure out what a ‘proper’ exposure for the scene is.

The point is you are always using both of these things, but you likely don’t know too much of the science behind them, and today, with the help of John Hess of Filmmaker IQ, we are here to help you remedy that problem. One of the best ways to get better at something is to take the time to better understand how it works. So if you have been struggling with exposing your images or dealing with the metering on your camera, then this could be the deep dive video you need to see.

These Filmmaker IQ videos are excellent at giving you information in a way that is easy to digest. Although this video looks at exposure and metering from a filmmaking perspective, the reality is it works the same for plain old photography. You are going to need a bit of time to watch this though, when we said deep dive we weren’t joking, this video clocks in at 33 minutes and some change, so go get a snack, refill that coffee, and get ready to get schooled on the science of what goes on to produce the images that we take for granted on a daily basis.


We won’t get into the content of the video too far, because honestly, it would just be easier for you to watch and John Hess does such a great job. But as a quick overlook, the video starts with the basics of exposure, defining what it is, and then moves into the more advanced science behind it and how metering plays into it all.

It really is an excellent video. You should give it a look, and if you want more great content from Filmmaker IQ make sure to check out their Youtube Channel.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.