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Camera Types

John Greengo

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John Greengo

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2. Camera Types


Class Trailer
1 Photographic Characteristics 06:36 2 Camera Types 02:53 3 Shutter System 08:51 4 Shutter Speed Basics 10:06 5 Camera Settings Overview 16:02 6 Camera Settings - Details 06:05 7 Sensor Size: Basics 16:26 8 Focal Length 11:26

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Camera Types

Okay, it is time to begin our official first section, which is on the camera. This is where photography starts, so we're gonna look at the camera and what is involved in it. We'll talk about the different camera types that are out there. We're going to get into the shutter speeds and then we'll talk about the other camera settings that you need to worry about in there. Now, cameras are funny bunch of things because there's a lot of different ways to describe what type of camera you have. In fact, there are four different ways to describe different categories of cameras. One is the image area, how large of sensor, or how large to fill might have been in that camera. The viewing system. How do you view your subject with this particular type of system? Then there, of course, there's different lens systems. These are the different manufacturers and make cameras and lenses. There's this system in that system, and then finally, there's different types of shutter units, and so we might talk a...

bout a leaf shutter camera. Well, that means the whole particular category of camera. And so we have four different ways, and the industry has not specifically said, This is how we're gonna choose to talk about all our cameras, and so sometimes they use one, and sometimes they use the other. And for the person who's new to photography, this could be very, very confusing. One of the things that's talked about quite a bit these days is the sensor size, and there's a lot of different cameras out there, and phones got to throw those in these days that have different size sensors, and it's one of the most important differences at this point. It's really the heart of the camera, and so understanding the sensor size is very important. One of the most common sizes is based off of 35 millimeter film, now 35 millimeter film. I'm getting but guessing that a lot of you have never even shot a roll of 35 millimeter film. Why are we basing photography on some old standard that old fogeys like me used to shoot with back in the day? Well, granted, there's a lot of people who still shoot it now, but it was the most popular film for quite some time. It was the Goldie Locks film. It was small enough, but it could produce large enough results. It was just that right, medium size, and so that was a very popular size. But there's a lot of other good choices, and that's not the end. All be all of photography. So we are going to talk about these different sensors in more detail a little bit later on. So these go by kind of funny names and they have different sizes. And obviously the smaller size sensors can be put into smaller size cameras. And so, with photography, there's a lot of trade offs, and there's not a lot of things that are absolutely definitive as to what is the best camera. So when you're looking for a camera, there is no answer for that. Definitive. What is the best camera? It's kind of what's the camera that's gonna work best for my needs because there's a lot of different options out there, and so we're going to be spending the entire Section two on the sensor because there's a lot of things going involved going on and involved with the sensor size. So mawr for that to come, we're just gonna kind of put a pin in it and come back later

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As a photographer, you will need to master the technical basics of the camera and form an understanding of the kind of equipment you need. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography will also teach something even more important (and crucial for success) - how to bring your creative vision to fruition.

Taught by seasoned photographer John Greengo, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography places emphasis on quality visuals and experiential learning. In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to bring together the elements of manual mode to create an evocative image: shutter speed, aperture, and image composition.
  • How to choose the right gear, and develop efficient workflow.
  • How to recognize and take advantage of beautiful natural light.

John will teach you to step back from your images and think critically about your motivations, process, and ultimate goals for your photography project. You’ll learn to analyze your vision and identify areas for growth. John will also explore the difference between the world seen by the human eye and the world seen by the camera sensor. By forming an awareness of the gap between the two, you will be able to use your equipment to its greatest potential. 


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