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Photographic Characteristics

Lesson 1 from: FAST CLASS: Fundamentals of Photography

John Greengo

Photographic Characteristics

Lesson 1 from: FAST CLASS: Fundamentals of Photography

John Greengo

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1. Photographic Characteristics

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Photographic Characteristics

So if you want to become a photographer, there's a lot of things to think about it a lot of things that you're gonna need to kind of adjust about the way you think about the world. And so I thought about what does it take to be a good photographer? And so I thought about what are the characteristics that I would attribute to other great photographers and people who are enjoyed photography and a good at it? And so I'm gonna bring these up. I'm not going to talk about every single one of these, but I think this is just about being an involved human on this planet. You need to be curious and interested in things that are going on. You need to be a problem solver that really gets in and investigates everything. Sometimes you need to be very patient with things because they take a while. You know, the baby's crying and you're trying to get this be Don't worry about it. We're just gonna ease a man. And, you know, maybe in minutes we're gonna be able to get that shot or, you know, sunsets no...

t gonna happen for an hour. Let's got out the location really work through these things. And so these are attributes that you need to embrace, and maybe you're not the best at something, but just saying okay, Meticulous, okay, really detail orientated. Not my best thing, but I'm gonna work on it and try to make it better. So if you want to get great photography, here are the steps that I think you need to go through First, you need to learn the fundamentals of photography. And as somebody who has taught a lot of classes, somebody who has read a lot of books and have taken a lot of classes myself, I always get a kick out of the people who say I'm a self taught photographer and I think it's great because it is something that you can pick up and you can just learn on your own. But, you know, there was this invention many years ago called school, and we still send our kids to school because we don't want to just send him out in the world and I'll pick up things as you go along. And school has proven toe actually work. There are I'm pretty sure there's scientific tests that kids who go to school tend to learn more than kids who run around the woods and don't learn anything from somebody. There are many different ways to learn, and this is gonna be a good class for it. So I'm going to try to help you as much as I can. With step number one step Number two is learning how to operate your camera. Like it or not, this is based on technology and knowing how to work your camera. It's not really that complicated. I do know a number of highly successful, nameless photographers who don't know the technology that well. But you know what? It doesn't matter. They learned what they need to learn, and that's it. You don't need to learn everything. You don't need to learn all the cameras. Just learn your camera and the tools that you use. That's all. It's important. You need to learn how to see like a photographer, that will come over time. This class will help. Section 10 of the class will help. You need to learn the field skills now. What this means is there's a lot of different genres of photography, and this class is general. We're not going to be talking about specific things for the most part, and you're gonna need If you want to be a wedding photographer, you need this class plus a wedding photography class or wedding photography experience. If you want to shoot architecture, this class is good. It's a good start, but then you're gonna need some architectures, specific skills. And so every type of photography is gonna need its own specialized skills. And so, when photography you got the base level down here and then you start shooting off in other directions, depending on what your needs are. And finally, you need to get out there and shoot. And it's not just shooting. It's reviewing what you're done. It's not just blindly shooting. You need to look at what you're doing and be honest about the mistakes that you've made and edit your stuff. Go through it. Look at it. What do you doing? Review it? What's going right on going wrong? And that process over and over and over again. In my in, my sight always leads to success. You will always get better if you follow those steps. Now the stuff that you need to know your foundation of knowledge is like this gigantic pyramid and to start with its technical because photography is technical and its artistic, but it's based on technology. And so when you go out there, you want to get the focus and the exposure correct for what you want, whatever that is, it could be a wide variety of things, but it's what you want correct. Which means you need to have a rock solid foundation of aperture shutter speeds and I esos you need to know those forward and backwards. You need to know him like you know your kitchen and how to find your house and how you get from house to work and all those sorts of things. That is, what you're doing here is you need to know this really, really well. There's a bunch of other camera settings will talk about as well as for US focus points and white balance and file types and things like that, and we'll be talking about most all of the camera settings here in this first section and over the 1st 3 sections those aperture shutter speeds and highest sounds. Now we're starting to get a little bit of a balance between art and technology. That's your choice of lends, that you want to use what type of light you're gonna work with and how you deal with it and your choice and use of depth of field. So there are technical things to achieve. Those artistic goals of yours. Composition will talk about that in an entire section. Timing. That's mawr with your field skills for your particular subject with your your, ah, portrait photographer. When do you want to shoot your portrait? It's the timing of, um, how you set them up or landscape photographer What time of day you go out. Is this a morning location or is it an evening location? But I want all of you at home and here in the audience just to think for a moment about something that you want to photograph. Really? Good. What would you like to get a great, great photograph up? All right. Some of you are saying of family relative might be your boyfriend or girlfriend or your mom or your dad or your dog. Uh, it might be a trip that you're gonna take you like I'm going to Rome and I would love to get a great picture of Rome. Or maybe some of you are going to start a business and you want to shoot something in that room. What you need to be an expert in to get that photograph is whatever that subject ISS and all of you are experts and things that I am not an expert in. Some of you have access to great locations and knowledge of people that I don't know that you could get great shots of them, that I and the rest of the world out there can't get any shots out. And they often talk about If you're a writer, what should you write about? Write about? Write about what you know and it's true. With photography, you should photograph things that you know you'll have an advantage on that. But I also agree with the exact opposite, and there's a lot of things in photography that air like it's either this or this, but maybe not in between. And so photograph things you don't know. You don't know about this. I bet if you photograph it, you're gonna learn about it, and that encourages you to learn and find out more about that sector. So this is what you're gonna need to know for taking great photos going forward.

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