When Will I Use Math in Photography: kids often wonder if they are going to use math in their career. No doubt, I’ve never used Base 8 mathematics (remember that?!), but I’ve used just about every other bit of mathematics in my photography career. That’s right… I use math in photography.
When comparing fractions, is a shutter speed of 1/2000 longer or shorter than a shutter speed of 1/125? Because these are fractions of a second, I know that chopping it up into 2000 bits results in smaller portions of a second than just 125. Why is that important? Let’s say I want to freeze action. I need the faster shutter speed in that case. However, what if I want to show motion… like water moving throughout a waterfall? In that case, I would opt for a slower shutter speed. For the image below, I had a very slow shutter speed; notice the water in the resulting image.
Will I Use Math in Luxury Wedding Photography, pt 2: The next little math lesson I use a ton of in my day-to-day shooting is ratios. I eat, sleep and breathe lighting ratios because they have so much bearing over what the final image will look like. If I light my subject with lights that are 3 times brighter than the light on the background, it will show up very dark. And vice versa. Or I can light them both equality for a flatter look. I’m always paying attention to lighting and what it is doing in the background (and foreground) of my images.
These are just two quick and easy examples to illustrate that yes, you will be using math even if you’re a luxury wedding photographer. I didn’t even get into the deep math I use – accounting, marketing reports (creating graphs, year over year comparisons, etc). I use a lot of damn math.
To all my fellow nerds out there, Happy International Day of Math!
Talk to you soon,
Dale Benfield is a Northwest Arkansas Luxury Wedding Photographer serving Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and Destination Weddings / A Fine Art Wedding Photography Studio. Benfield Photography is a staple in NW Arkansas and has photographed luxury weddings, Italy weddings, celebrity weddings, private estate weddings, Crystal Bridges weddings, Carnall Hall weddings, Weddings at Osage House, Bachelor Nation Weddings, and more.
He has photographed every style of wedding you can image: intimate weddings, Catholic cathedrals in Italy, church weddings, elopements, destination weddings on the beach in Mexico, and so on.
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