Knowledge Quiz MUST be taken prior to signing up for an advanced workshop.

This knowledge quiz MUST be taken before signing up for an advanced workshop.

In order to participate in any of our Advanced Workshops, Heaven on Hamlin Workshops, Porcupine Mountains Workshops, etc., we expect you to be able to answer some of these basic questions. Take this short quiz now and see if you can answer them. This was information taught in the in-person Picture Perfect Weekend Workshop at the Cartier Mansion or the Lamp Lighter Bed and Breakfast, or it was taught in the online version of the Picture Perfect Workshop. If you get most of them correct, you are ready to move into any other workshops mentioned above.


  1. Which of the three manual exposure variables controls the depth of field - ISO, Aperture, or Shutter Speed?
  2. If the metadata on an image you have taken says F2.8, 10”, ISO 100, then how long was your shutter speed?
  3. True or False – You can shoot on manual exposure while still shooting on autofocus?
  4. True or False – According to the Sunny 16 Rule for the basic daylight exposure concept, if you manually set your ISO to 400, then you should manually set your shutter speed to 1/400 to get a proper exposure at any given aperture.
  5. True or False - While shooting with a wide-angle lens, Todd, Brad, and Rachel recommend putting your camera on a tripod and leaving it on the tripod for several different compositions.
  6. Three things greatly affect the depth of field. One of them is your aperture, and one is the millimeters of your lens. What is the third thing?
  7. Which image would have less noise or grain, one shot at 1600 ISO or one shot at 6400 ISO?
  8. True or False – F4, 1/200, 100 ISO is an equivalent exposure to F4, 1/400, 200 ISO
  9. If you want to compress a scene, would you shoot that with a wide-angle lens or a telephoto lens?
  10. Which of these three lenses would distort the image the most – a 14mm lens, a 24mm lens, or a 50mm lens? 
  11. If you shoot a photo of a flying seagull and the seagull ends up looking blurry, but the rest of the photo looks relatively sharp, what are a few things you could change in your manual exposure to help fix that problem and make the flying seagull sharp?
  12. Which of these two exposures will create a brighter image - F2.8, 1/30, 100 ISO or F2.8, 1/200, 100 ISO?
  13. Which is more important in a perfect histogram – the overall shape of the histogram or the right edge of the histogram?
  14. If you are shooting a waterfall scene and want to show the movement of the water, should you shoot a manual exposure at F2.8, 1/1000, 800 ISO or one at F22, 1”, 100 ISO?
  15. If you didn’t have a tripod with you but still wanted to shoot in really low light, would you rather have a lens with a max aperture of F4 or F1.4?


Answers below.










  1. Aperture
  2. 10 full seconds – Remember, the tick marks mean full seconds on 10”
  3. True – Manual Focus or Auto Focus is a totally different camera system than manual exposure. We use back button focus for our auto focus so that our shutter release button has nothing to do with focusing our lens; all it does is trip the shutter to take the photo.
  4. True – If you match your ISO to the bottom number of your shutter speed fraction on a bright and sunny day, you should be close to the center of your camera meter at any given aperture.
  5. False – The only lenses we will generally ever leave connected to the tripod for long periods of time are our huge, super heavy giant telephoto lenses. Otherwise, we try to take our cameras or lenses off the tripod between compositions.
  6. How close you are to the subject you focused on affects the depth of field.
  7. 1600 ISO would have less noise in almost every scenario over 6400 ISO.
  8. True – We halved the shutter speed (amount of time), so we had to double the ISO.
  9. Telephoto lenses compress a scene and make the distance look smaller between the different objects in the photo.
  10. 14mm. The wider the angle of the lens, the more it will distort.
  11. You could rob the ISO bank and raise your ISO and put that extra light into a faster shutter speed. Faster shutter speeds help freeze motion.
  12. F2.8, 1/30, 100 ISO because 1/30 of a second is a longer amount of time than 1/200 of a second. A longer amount of time on shutter speed means more light hits the sensor.
  13. All we care about is the right edge of the histogram. The shape does not matter.
  14. F22, 1 full second of shutter speed, and 100 ISO.
  15. F1.4


Again, if you missed more than a few of these questions, we recommend either rewatching or buying and downloading and then watching our Picture Perfect Workshop Video Series or retaking the in-person Picture Perfect Workshop before taking any of our more advanced workshops. More information on all of our workshops can be found on our website at





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