Fundamentals of Photography

 

Lesson Info

Camera Types

Okay, it is time be 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 gonna 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 a 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 of film might've been in that camera. The viewing system, how do you view your subject with this particular type of system. Then, of course, there's different lens systems. These are the different manufacturers who make cameras and lenses, there's this system and that system. And then finally there's different types of shutter units. And so we might talk about a lea...

f shutter camera. Well, that means a 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 can 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, gotta 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 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 fogies 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 goldilocks 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 gonna talk about these different sensors in more detail a little bit later on. So these go by kinda 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 kinda what is the camera that's gonna work best for my needs? Because there's a lot of different options out there. And so we're gonna be spending the entire section two on the sensor, because there's a lot of things going on and involved with the sensor size. So more for that to come. We're just gonna kinda put a pin in it and come back later.

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.

Lessons

Class Introduction
Photographic Characteristics
Camera Types
Viewing System
Lens System
Shutter System
Shutter Speed Basics
Shutter Speed Effects
Camera & Lens Stabilization
Quiz: Shutter Speeds
Camera Settings Overview
Drive Mode & Buffer
Camera Settings - Details
Sensor Size: Basics
Sensor Sizes: Compared
The Sensor - Pixels
Sensor Size - ISO
Focal Length
Angle of View
Practicing Angle of View
Quiz: Focal Length
Fisheye Lens
Tilt & Shift Lens
Subject Zone
Lens Speed
Aperture
Depth of Field (DOF)
Quiz: Apertures
Lens Quality
Light Meter Basics
Histogram
Quiz: Histogram
Dynamic Range
Exposure Modes
Sunny 16 Rule
Exposure Bracketing
Exposure Values
Quiz: Exposure
Focusing Basics
Auto Focus (AF)
Focus Points
Focus Tracking
Focusing Q&A
Manual Focus
Digital Focus Assistance
Shutter Speeds & Depth of Field (DOF)
Quiz: Depth of Field
DOF Preview & Focusing Screens
Lens Sharpness
Camera Movement
Advanced Techniques
Quiz: Hyperfocal Distance
Auto Focus Calibration
Focus Stacking
Quiz: Focus Problems
Camera Accessories
Lens Accessories
Lens Adaptors & Cleaning
Macro
Flash & Lighting
Tripods
Cases
Being a Photographer
Natural Light: Direct Sunlight
Natural Light: Indirect Sunlight
Natural Light: Mixed
Twilight: Sunrise & Sunset Light
Cloud & Color Pop: Sunrise & Sunset Light
Silhouette & Starburst: Sunrise & Sunset Light
Golden Hour: Sunrise & Sunset Light
Quiz: Lighting
Light Management
Flash Fundamentals
Speedlights
Built-In & Add-On Flash
Off-Camera Flash
Off-Camera Flash For Portraits
Advanced Flash Techniques
Editing Assessments & Goals
Editing Set-Up
Importing Images
Organizing Your Images
Culling Images
Categories of Development
Adjusting Exposure
Remove Distractions
Cropping Your Images
Composition Basics
Point of View
Angle of View
Subject Placement
Framing Your Shot
Foreground & Background & Scale
Rule of Odds
Bad Composition
Multi-Shot Techniques
Pixel Shift, Time Lapse, Selective Cloning & Noise Reduction
Human Vision vs The Camera
Visual Perception
Quiz: Visual Balance
Visual Drama
Elements of Design
Texture & Negative Space
Black & White & Color
The Photographic Process
Working the Shot
What Makes a Great Photograph?
 
 
 
 

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