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Photo Basics

Lesson 2 from: Canon EOS R Fast Start

John Greengo

Photo Basics

Lesson 2 from: Canon EOS R Fast Start

John Greengo

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2. Photo Basics

Get a quick brush up on the basic components of the mirrorless digital camera: John’s graphics show how aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, and the full-frame CMOS sensor work together to capture images.

Lesson Info

Photo Basics

Alright, folks, let's go through a few photo basics to make sure you've got the right fundamentals for shooting with this camera. We do have a mirror less camera here with interchangeable lenses, so we're gonna have lots of great interchangeable lenses in those lenses. Is an aperture unit, which is one of our ways for controlling light opens two different sizes, and so we'll have different F stops that control our sizes 1.4 being very open F 22 being very close, and we can open and close our shutter by adjusting our f stop. So that's one way of controlling the light. But it also controls our depth of field. And so when we are shooting at 1.4, if we do have one of those lenses on, we're going to get very shallow depth of field, which could be really nice for isolating subjects with against a background. And then we can stop our aperture down. And not only were changing the light, we're changing the depth of field. It's going to grow and expand with any lens that we have on their smalles...

t. Opening on many lenses will be around F 22 which was going to give you a relatively a great amount of depth of field. So is light comes into the camera. It's going to be trying to get to the sensor. But before it gets there, it needs to get past the shutter unit, which is another way of controlling the amount of light coming in the camera. And so it has to curtains. The 1st 1 needs toe open so that you can see through the camera through the electronic viewfinder or the LCD screen on the back of the camera. And this is how the camera is most of the time when you are looking through it or you just have it turned on. When you press the shutter release, it's time to take a photo. What happens is the first shutter is going to need to close, and I will show it to you from the side as well the front. And so we need to close one of those shutters so that the sensor can prepare to capture an image. We now capture our exposure, and then the second curtain comes in and ends the exposure. And that way, each pixel is exposed for exactly the same amount of time and then returns open so that you can see and compose the next shot. Now, shutter speeds are obviously very important because they control the amount of light. They also control the ability to stop action. So if you're photographing something that's moving, you gonna choose, you can choose an appropriate shutter speed for that action. So these are the critical components of this camera, and the other one that we want to talk a little bit more about is the sensor size. And so the sensor size is very important to any camera, and on this camera it is one of the larger sizes that you can get. It's called a full frame sensor because it's based off of 35 millimeter film. It's the largest of the common sensors and common cameras out on the market, and that larger the sensor generally the better image quality that you are going to get. So this camera is capable of very high image quality, partly due just to the size of the sensor. There are many other sensors out there in different styles. A camera, a PSC and 4/3 are among the most popular out there. So if you are interested in learning more about general photography topics like that and more, as I mentioned, I have two classes that you might want to take a look at once a little bit shorter ones a little bit longer, depending on how much you want to dive into that information. And those classes are available at Creative Live, of course.

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Ratings and Reviews

Ranjit Vazhapilly
 

John Greengo is a very good teacher. I think it's the best investment you can make to get to know your camera well - especially something new like the EOS R. I love his feedback on what new features are worth trying and others that are simply not there yet. Awesome course!

David Torres Aguilar
 

This is the best course I have ever seen on how to use a camera, it guides you through the functions, settings, hidden configurations in a crystal clear way using very well designed visuals aids. I'm glad I was able to find this class, it's really a great quality course, thanks a lot John Greengo and CreativeLive Team!

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John Greengo is wonderful at making His classes easy to follow and understand. We have purchased the Canon R and found that the only books with directions are in German and Japanese with the US version out in August. We are very grateful that John has produced this class. Love the CanonR but with Johns' class; the camera is easier to understand. Thanks! Hope to see more on the CanonR!

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