Normally when we talk about exposure calculators in photography, it’s to figure out what ISO, aperture and shutter speed we want to use for the scene before us. But with the rate of payments coming in “exposure” seemingly on the rise, a new type of “exposure calculator” has arrived. This one just popped up on Photography Domination, and it’s pretty amusing.
Based on what they describe as “important metrics and complicated scientific algorithms”, we are presented with a form asking us to enter our experience level, genre, what camera brand we shoot, whether it’s film or digital. Have we photographed famous people? Does our work include nudity? And, naturally, how big is our Instagram following?
Naturally, the whole idea is a bit of a joke (it is April 1st, after all). The results the exposure calculator spits out are about as valuable as exposure itself, and they do recommend almost never working on the basis of exposure alone. There are, of course, ways to use exposure shoots to your benefit, although the opinions on whether one should do it or not don’t always align.
But try the exposure calculator out for yourself. What does it say you’re worth?
Would you work for “free”? Do you?