Perfect Exposure: F-Stops and Shutter Speed

Steve Kozak M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Don’t plan to just lay back and listen—you’ll want to take notes as PPA instructor Steve Kozak gets down and detailed about creating the perfect exposure.

  • Learn about F-stops: From 1 to 22, Steve tells you why and when you use what you do.
  • Discuss shutter speeds: Steve walks you through 1 to 1000. You’ll learn the benefits of larger and smaller lens openings and even discuss the Exposure equation. Don’t remember it? You will after this class!
  • Examine Depth of Field: Learn how to create a deep or shallow depth of field, all the openings in between and why they should vary.
  • Manage the motion: Motion’s a factor of the subject or the photographer. Learn how to use camera techniques, like shutter speeds, to control it.

Steve doesn’t just tell you what to do; he shows you how to do it. Watch as he puts his preaching into practice on sample images. After all, it’s practice that makes perfect exposure!

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Steve Kozak Bio

Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. PPA Certified and having earned “Master of Photography” and the “Craftsman” degrees, his work has appeared in the prestigious “Loan Collection.” Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA and the Sunset Print Award from LexJet. He has served on the PPA Board of Directors and is a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes.

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPAedu program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.


He has taught 19 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 16 years at Imaging USA.  He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography, The East Coast School, and Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia.

Steve serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association.