About Erin and Overview of the Course


Digital Photography 101


Lesson Info

About Erin and Overview of the Course

Hi everybody nice to see you good morning I am very excited to be teaching digital photography one o one your creative live and as they said it's aaron live I feel alive I love to teach photography so as we go through this course over the next three days any questions that you have feel free to ask there are no silly questions I'm really I want to answer everything for you and really kind of lay everything out a very basic way some of it may seem a little maybe two basic for some of you but you know what? You never know there's always something new to learn out there so welcome again to digital photography one o one I am erin manning and I'm going to give you a little rundown of what we're going to be doing throughout the course and also tell you a little bit more about me and maybe that will help you resonate with you a little bit in your photography so I think really a lot of us are photographers just every day whether it's with a smartphone ah compact camera, digital slr whatever it...

is even just what their eyes were constantly observing and seeing things and I think it's really important to be able to capture all those moments and memories and things and people in places really well so we'll be doing that today showing you how to do it ok, so here's the scoop I am really here to inform, inspire and help you take beautiful photographs. That's really what I love to do and I love to teach. So as we go through this, I get very enthusiastic. So I actually before, as you all know, we were I was dancing around a little bit. So sometimes if you get a little energy and you feel like you just have to work it out, go ahead and all of you at home there to do that too. So I love to teach and I've also been a professional photographer for about sixteen years, I think, and I love to take pictures of people that's really how it all started. I live at the beach in california and it's a beautiful place, of course. It's it's kind of easy to take great shots at the beach and I started off doing that, taking pictures of families and actors in los angeles to head shots and things like that. These are some of my pictures that I love to take of kids, families, just moments that people are having with each other to me that's really important and also to make people look good. I think it's important to look good on camera, you know, you take all those pictures and people are sharing them out there and you want to make sure that you look good in them or if you're taking pictures of other people, they look good in them, so I'll give you some techniques for that too, and just different things you might observe as you are moving through your day that you might capture pictures of maybe you didn't think of before we'll be covering some of that, so I just, um I love to get out there and have some fun and really get into taking pictures of whatever inspires me at the moment, so back to the course. Okay, so this is picture look familiar to you? Do you feel intimidated that does that resonate with you? Have you felt intimidated by photo technology or maybe just frustrated with your digital camera? I'm just not happy with results that you're getting with your pictures. I know when you've got this creative expression inside that you want to put out there in a photograph, it could be really frustrating when you take the picture and look at it later and think, what am I doing wrong? Well, I'm going to be sharing some of the basic things about your camera and other things about lights and composition and all sorts of stuff in this class so it's, really for the photo beginner now, if you are a professional photographer and you've been doing this a long time and you've got lots of lenses and cameras, you've done a lot of professional jobs out there that's course, maybe a little too basic, so it's really, for people that are really just beginning and or want to go back and get some basics under their belts and understand a little bit more about photography and working with digital cameras. So let me tell you a bit about what we're going to cover over the next three days. So today, being day one, just some camera basics, maybe some things you already know about your camera, but then a few things maybe you don't know about your camera that will help you take better pictures and also exposure settings just ways to really help you capture a great shot and then also a little bit about the light the day to we're going to cover on camera flash that little pop up on your camera. Sometimes when you take pictures with that, they turn out kind of blasted out and flat looking. I'm going to show you how to really make those look great, and then I'm going to introduce you to studio lights, and it may sound a little intimidating, but it's actually going to be really easy, they're very beginner lights you can actually just plug into the wall and their continuous lights, and you can learn all about lighting that way, and then also some ideas about composition ways you can compose your pictures and just make them look instantly better. Day three we're going to bring it all together, and I'm going to share my little tips and techniques with you on how to make people look good. Um, posing you know, sometimes when you're taking pictures of people and their sandy in front of your camera, it could be a little unnerved ng for them and maybe for you, too, you're all consumed with how do I work that button? And what am I? What am I supposed to say to them? And where do I tell him to stand? I'm going to show you howto handle all of that, and then also how to enhance your images using I'm going to do a little bit of software using adobe photoshopped elements and then also some mobile aps on a smartphone, and I haven't iphones will be doing it on the iphone and then sharing them. So I've got some fun things at the end to show you about sharing your images, too, because once you take them, you want to make sure that everyone gets to see them and now there's so many cool ways. To share your images so that's, what we're going to cover over these three days, a lot of fun stuff and I think at the end of the course, you'll you'll really have some good knowledge you'll feel inspired to dio even more with your photography and you'll feel more confident about working with your camera and also with people in front of your camera and then once those things are in place, you can really just let loose and be really creative and who knows what might happen. So all right, let me tell you a little bit more about me, this's how I feel sometimes I'm I am I wear a lot of hats and a za photographer, you really have to be able to do that, and as a photographer coming to photography, people come into photography from all different areas of life, and they're doing all sorts of different things and have very unique backgrounds, and you can bring these things into your photographs and into your photography and that's what I've done. So I'm just going to tell you a little bit of story on me and how I got into this and and what I do now, so the whole picture is a television show that aired on the d I y network and hd tv, I was the host, and this came out in two thousand five. Could you imagine that seems like so long ago right? But it's really when digital photography was really taking off and a lot of people really wanted to know about it and I was a professional photographer and I was also doing a couple other things teaching and when this opportunity came up they were casting for a host for the show I had this unusual background of I just finished getting a graphic design degrees so I knew about that have kind of a techno gadget gal and I love taking pictures of people and I also had some experience in front of the camera so just worked out that way and as soon as I was able to do the show I realized wow there's so many people that want to know more about photography and I love to teach it so why not? So I started writing books wrote one book, two books, three books well it's actually the second edition of portrait and candid photography and by the way I have a contest which will go into a little bit later but I have a concept I'm running on my website I'm giving away books and all kinds of photo products and things like that so that's kind of where I got going and then I got into producing educational videos where I show people all about photography so if you go on youtube or really anywhere online and just plunk in my name there might be a couple other erin manning's out there but it's mostly me with videos I have like hundreds of videos out there showing people different things they could do with their camera and it's what I do and it's what I love and I'm always learning something every day from people I teach too and I'm sure gonna learn something from all of you and all of you out there in the chat rooms I want I want to hear what you have to say and maybe you could bring the next to experience to this too. So that's what I'm doing now, I wanted to take you back to the beginning though this is me in my oversized raincoat with my mom standing behind me in our driveway and this is something that I am I hold so near and dear to my heart or my old pictures because these air moments in time and places in in history of my life that are so important to me and, um I just look back at these and go uh oh, you know, wow, but this is really when it all started, I was given a camera when I was a little bit older than that for christmas president little instamatic, I think, and I started taking pictures of people in places and things and this is actually picture of me on my bicycle, my first bike, so that to me at the time when I was five, represented freedom, I could get out and go places and that's how I feel about photography, it really inspires me to get out and go places and take pictures. And I just kind of wanted to share that with you that this that's where it all began with me not only looking at old pictures and admiring them, feeling that documenting those moments are really important, but also what it makes me feel like when I'm taking photographs and I think that's that's really important. I'll share a couple other pictures too. This is me and seventh grade with my groovy love beads on dig those love beads. I actually was making those loved bees and selling them at school. So I've always been an entrepreneur. I love to make things and sell them size wise for anything. What could I create and then sell? And I would try to create some sort of fad with it or whatever. So I was very busy at night. You can see the under eye circles there I was up late at night making these groovy love beads. Selling them online and this is me with my very fashionable lunch box at the time I'm the tall one getting on the school bus, and this is a picture of my dad took of me back then, you know, an important moment and I really give him credit, you know, he's, my dad's an artist, he wasn't a photographer, but he had a good eye and he really he could just sort of see the light coming into a picture and capture a moment, and I'm so thankful that he documented all these moments in our lives and that's what a lot of parents do with their kids to, you know, snap in all kinds of shots. You don't realize just how valuable those pictures become as time goes on. So really, I mean, it's, it's, it's our job as photographers in our lives, even if you're just a photographer playing around, but think about those moments that you're capturing and know that they're really imp important not only to you, but to other people. So this is kind of what inspired me as I was moving through childhood and my teen years was going through the photo boxes, and my parents were always so annoyed with me because I'd be pulling down photo boxes from the shelves. Looking through all the pictures at my relatives and trying to understand you know what was going on with those people? What were they thinking what were they feeling and I would then try to take pictures of sort of thinking of that when I took pictures of my family I'd either have him posed no and certain poses or I'd capture just candid moments and that's what you want to do too taking photographs is think about ways you can not only post people make him look good but then also capture those really authentic moments so I was also really impressed at a young age buy a book called the family of man and originally this was an exhibition at the museum of modern art in new york way back in the fifty so it wasn't way back then that I saw the book by the way the book came out later in the sixties and mike parents have this book called the family of man and it really dealt with the human condition the human experience of love life, illness, death families all those things and that's what I think is really important to capture so I'm going to share that with you ways you might better observe things or capture them as you're moving through experiences in your life so that's kind of my experience and now this picture you're kind of wondering well whoever these people canoeing in this uh beautiful water? Well, I followed my path, I grew up in the midwest, but I moved to california when I was nineteen, because I thought, you know, I want to move out to california and have fun in the sun, and I'm five ten, and I'm probably not going to play basketball, so maybe I could model or something. I'm just trying to think of entrepreneurial endeavors. I could do have some fun have some opportunity place in volleyball at the beach. Well, I did get into modeling, and I did some print work throughout the years kind of really on the side because I always either had some kind of business where I was going to school, or I was in sales or marketing, and then eventually started, I started my photography business, so what this picture is is a picture I actually saw of myself. I was on a wall in the sydney airport this last year and it's an ad I did for some hotel, like, ten years ago, and there I am, you know, I'm like I was walking by going with that person looks familiar, that's me, so I did that for a while, I did a lot of print work, and I really tried to work it so that I could get the most out of it. Meaning I would say book a print job in a beautiful place. It's was anguilla, and I would go there and, you know, all the other models actors were all nice people and we would talk. And so at the end of our shoot, I say, hey, go change your clothes, let's go to the other side of the island so I could take pictures of you and then I use those and license them for stock photography, and I'm still making money on this picture. So this guy is a guy that was right behind me in the kayak right there, see him? Wait. So we just went somewhere to another location and I took pictures of everyone else. So I'm always trying to think of how can I, you know, maximize this potential? So that's how I used the modeling at that time to go places, do things, make a little extra money and also go to these fabulous places and take great shots? So here I am at the sydney airport that's my passport, my hand. I'm going that's me on the wall that's my selfie so it's, you know, held at arm's length taken but with an iphone, another important life moment, all right, so and also just a little bit of my background teo I did some local news kind of entertainment stuff in los angeles so this is kind of a little experience I had behind the in front of the camera that helped me be a better photographer and I'm I think I went on tv see or ages and just doing all kinds of things where I had to be in front of the camera andi really appreciate now that I'm behind the camera actually I'm both right now but it really gives you a better understanding so I know those of you that are are here in the studio audience where you're acting and directing and doing some things where you want to kind of understand it from both sides is really smart because I think the more that you can learn about whatever you're doing from all different aspects the better you're going to be at it the more you can bring to the table and that's that was kind of my unique path so then this is a cruise ship. I take a lot of those of you that follow me on facebook you'll know that I travel quite a bit because I teach photography and photo shop and I movie on the ipad for cruise line a couple times a year and it lets me go to beautiful places, meet great people and take beautiful shots so I maximize this potential too by taking a lot of pictures I made either use them as stock photography or put it on my website and or andorra shoot a lot of video now too, so I'm just out here on the verandah and just kind of I'm letting you experience the moment sometimes you take pictures, you know people don't have to be in them it's a feeling that the picture of oaks in someone so the feeling that I had in this picture was ah, I don't know how does it make you feel? So then I travel all over the place a little florence action and meet interesting people all along the way and this was just the river arno and in florence and it was in the middle of the day believe it or not, but in some places in the world, the lights so amazing that you could take a picture any time of the day and it just looks beautiful and, uh and these are some things I'll show you a cz faras sharing and mobile aps those air might that's my foot. So you know a good thing I had a pedicure s o I travel all over and take a lot of photographs that way I share them a lot online using mobile aps this one happens to be the crystal cruz mobile app, which we're going to show you more about at the end on day three but I just kind of document things as I go and share them with everyone else and get inspired by the places that I'm going and people go to meet all right that's a little bit about my background and what I what I bring to this and maybe some of that will resonate with you maybe you'll think you know why I'm totally different I do with this way that's great we're all in this with different personalities and bring different things to our thinking about photography so today when I'm going to go into are just very basic things about megapixels we've all heard of them and sometimes you're just like oh yeah megapixel but kind of really knowing more about the mega pixels it could be helpful also some things about memory cards maybe you no maybe you don't know that will be helpful for you with your photography and then also some camera settings now camera settings can be a little intimidating for some people especially say malia you were into film photography before now you're doing more digital photography and sometimes the bells and whistles are a little bit different from the same photo technique supply but some of the things we'll be doing with the camera to achieve those things are a little bit different so I'm gonna go into that how's everybody feels so far okay I'm curious before we get started into going into the the next slide is what camera do you have and for all of you out there mallory and rest I'd like to I'd like to ask our audience out there in the world so let me know you know what kind of camera are you using now give me an idea of our audience and everyone's got a different cameras you know and you probably maybe you've had multiple cameras or maybe you've your mom or your dad or brother cousin whatever they've all got different cameras so they're all different ones I'm kind of curious so I'm just going to start with you alex with camera do you have I have an old minolta yeah norman delta ok so it's a film camera yeah thirty five million years wow that's cool I haven't oldman altar to now are you are you using it a lot or you take a really that's why I enrolled in this course I want to get something out of it I don't really know very much other than point and shoot and there's all the different buttons and things yeah yeah a lot of buttons a lot of things on it now are you going to use a digital camera two are you going to specifically shoot with that? Um I don't have a digital camera but have the camera my iphone yeah that's true you got the iphone camera well this all these photo techniques will be good for both okay. What kind of camera do you have? I lost my cannon elf in australia last year got stolen in the hospital oh no you lost your cannon els and australia that's a camera by the way I've just been using the camera on my phone recently but I think that after this class I want something nice. Uh yeah. Okay. Well, there are so many cameras out there to choose from going a little bit about those two s o iphone used to have a digital elf. Okay, I have a a night conti three thousand dslr nikon d three thousand yeah that's great interchangeable lenses yeah, this lens is from a thirty five millimeter camera so you can you know, you can use them on the dea sellers on this particular model right? That you've got a lens from an older camera was it did use it for film? It was my husband's camera was your husband's oh yeah, so we share this actually we technically we share this. And so we brought this on vacation and we were we were in europe and I would have really liked to have my cell phone because, you know, I don't have coverage or I don't like tio I don't really need a cell phone when I'm in europe because we stay with family, but I would have liked to have the camera because I really appreciate the smallness and it's really handy for just spontaneous shots instead of carrying a heavy, you know, camera around yes, actually make a good point, you know, when I travel a lot, I carry a digital slr so the camera with the interchangeable lens and my iphone and I kind of use them for different things. So it's it's good to be able to have both and hopefully you'll learn more about your nikon camera. Yeah, I'm sure if you want to take a very special shot or yes detailed or get up close, you know? Yes, of course the proper camera is going to be better for that you'll have more control with the digital slr, but all kinds of things were happening now with all different cameras and really it it's it's good to know how to work the settings and all that and know more about your camera, but it also really boils down to you as a photographer, what you're seeing and how you are composing and how the light is. So that kind of combined with what we're goingto go over over the next three days will be helpful and chris really knew this just got it got to that school you've got, you have a phone always curious what's on set and looking at what's going on during that that's why I'm just I really want to get more into it so I can actually know what I'm looking at excellent yeah well it's a good place to start it thank you emilia I have a cannon sixty and seventy and I love my g twelve but honestly my favorite camera is my iphone using the hips dramatic okay, so a few different cameras and you really like the iphone with the aps that's great well we're going to go into aps to on a day three well it's kind of a good a good cross section here and what's happening out there we have everyone is charming and with what they've got we've got a number of people with cannon sixty d we've got the rebel t two I got a t three t three I we do have somebody else actually has the health and we have a few nikon folks with d fifty g eight hundred eighty five thousand would also you will see surprisingly a lot of people with I phones as well shocking too nikon d five thousand cannon forty seventy three I again nikon d ninety with four lenses well ok citing sonny fifty five cannon rebel slive you would usually things are really repetitive but there are a lot of different cameras representative okay well good that's that's good to know and that's kind of what I thought the case was going to be wass everyone has a different kind of camera so, with that said, I'm not going to go in depth to any one particular camera, although I do happen to shoot a lot with cannon. And I brought a few different cameras with me for this particular course, that will sort of cover that cross. Section two.

Class Description

Are you ready to start taking amazing digital images? Join award-winning photographer Erin Manning for a three-day introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography — frustration-free.

Whether you take pictures with your phone, a point-and-shoot digital camera, or a DSLR, Erin will give you the tools you need to capture beautiful digital images. You’ll learn about light and exposure, including how to work with and modify your on-camera flash. You’ll learn about common errors beginning photographers make and develop strategies for troubleshooting. Erin will also guide you through the basics of digital image editing and sharing your images online.

By the end of Digital Photography 101, you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.



Good basic or "refresher" course.