Step 3: Take the Shot


With the camera set and the lighting ready, it’s time to take the shot…and capture the best image of your art that you can.

But getting the shot right means more than just clicking the shutter. Taking the time to control the exposure and depth of field and to manage the composition and presentation of the work will pay dividends later when you post the photos online or use them to enter a show. And that’s what we’re going to cover next.


Click on the video (above) to watch the lesson. Open the Lesson Guide (button below) for a transcript of the video. It has space to make notes and a worksheet if you download and print a copy.

The short worksheet at the end of the Lesson Guide will help you with setting the mode and exposure compensation. Complete the worksheet with the camera and manual in front of you.

Open the forum discussion (button below) and reply with your questions about exposure. If you’re having trouble setting the mode or exposure compensation, reply in the forum with your camera model and describe the problem. One of your fellow students or I will try to assist you. I encourage you to reply with any other questions or comments about the lesson, too.

Once you’re finished, use the button below to mark the lesson complete (click it again to mark the lesson as incomplete). Use the buttons at the bottom to go to the next lesson, the previous lesson, or the lesson index.

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