Fundamentals of Photography

 

Lesson Info

Foreground & Background & Scale

All right, the next concept, we've talked a little bit about this, is foreground and background. And we talked a little bit in rule of thirds where you might have a subject in one part of the frame and another subject in the other part of the frame. And so thinking about what's in the foreground and background and having some depth to your photographs. Now photography is tough because we're dealing with two dimensions. And I don't know of anytime soon that we're gonna be going into three-dimensional photography. It's perfectly capable. I see people out there shooting. About every ten years, I'm told that 3D TV's gonna be the next hot thing and then they're not the next thing. But the way we view the world is just very easy to see it in two dimensions. And that's perfectly fine because that adds to the mystery. We don't know what it looked like in 3D, but our brains can kind of make it up. We can figure it out in most cases. And so this is going back tactically. It's that hyperfocal dis...

tance, stopping down, keeping things in the foreground as well as the background in focus. But you can think about this for a lot of different ways of telling stories. Having a subject in the foreground and what's in the background. So it's more than just one thing that's going on in a photo. And so I like these buildings. They're interesting buildings. But you know what, let's wait, two, three, five, ten, half an hour for the right cars to come by so that we have something interesting in the foreground. And so foregrounds can be very, very important. So sometimes we want to hide how big or small a subject is. Sometimes we wanna put it in perspective so that people understand what they're looking at. And so shooting the pyramids off from the side location is great because I get this nice compressed view of the pyramids. But having that one camel out there with that person out there really lends a scale to it that makes it seems a little bit more majestic. Because without it, put my hand over it there, you're not really sure on how it relates to you in size. When I was down in San Francisco I thought it very interesting there were some people surfing right under the Golden Gate Bridge. And so I think it's just great seeing that huge bridge up behind them. And the people don't need to be very big because humans are very adept at spotting a small human figure. That's probably the shape that we are most easily able to lock onto. And you can actually identify somebody from a mile away if you see them moving if you have a clear view a mile away, you could see by the way that they're moving. And so just including that one extra human down there show the scale of that particular situation. And so these are really a lot of favorite type photographs for adventure photographers and hiking type magazines. You want the big mountain landscape, but show me where I can fit in there as well. So that can work with humans. It can work with animals, just to show the type of environment that it's in. So that one lonely bit. That's like the same photograph right there in a completely different place. It's that same formula again. One of my strange adventures is riding my bike across Alaska. And we had to ride the Haul Road, which is a 414-mile gravel road across the northern part of Alaska. And one of the things we had to be careful of was the large trucks. And so I did a whole little documentary about this entire trip. And part of it was, okay, here's a little cyclist and big 18-wheelers kicking up gigantic rocks on this road. And so you wanted to show the relationship between one subject and the other subject.

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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