Fundamentals of Photography

Lesson 81/107 - Importing Images

 

Fundamentals of Photography

 

Lesson Info

Importing Images

Alright, for importing, this is a short little section here. I mentioned this before, I think, downloading from the camera is painful, in my mind. I was helping someone download images, and we didn't have a card reader at the time, and we had to go through his camera and you had to download the company's software to get from the camera to the computer, and that was just annoying as can be, and it was actually very slow. The USB transferring devices in the cameras are really low end things, and they just don't tend to transfer very quickly. These card readers are much, much quicker and they're really not too much money. You can also plug your card into the computer itself and that can be very, very quick as well, so that's a better system to have for the long term. Throughout the rest of this editing section, I'm gonna talk about Adobe Lightroom. I don't work for Adobe, I don't care about if Adobe does great or does terrible, no I do (chuckles) because I have all my photos in Adobe Ligh...

troom and I don't wanna switch, but I'm gonna use it just as an example because it's the most popular program out there, and it's pretty common and its controls are pretty universal. So, it doesn't really matter what program you use, and so what I'm gonna be talking about is not specifically how to work Adobe Lightroom, it's just this is how I would work the controls, and here's what it happens to use in Adobe Lightroom, and so that's what I'll be talking about as we go through this. We are able to import our photos into Lightroom using a copy option, where it copies all the photos from the card to our destination of choice. We're gonna usually put it in some sort of photo folder, and this is what I do most of the time 'cause it's pretty easy and with Lightroom, once you do it once, it kinda wants to do the same thing again, and again, and again, and I throw everything to a new folder so it's always going to the same obvious place, which makes things very easy. But, because it's moving the photos and it's adding them to the catalog at the same time, there's a lot of things going on and the process is a little bit slow. So, if I'm in a hurry or if I've shot a lot of images, what I'll do is I'll take all the photos and I'll just put 'em where they're suppose to go right away and then I will go in and I will add them, so now Lightroom is not trying to move them at all. If you know Lightroom very well, this is synchronizing your folder. This is up to 25% faster if you're moving large files. If you're going out on safari with Kenna and I, and you're shooting 2,000 photos in the day, I recommend just move all the photos to the hard drive where you want them, and then let Lightroom add them to the catalog. That could save you 15 minutes of downloading time, so that you can get to bed at a reasonable hour. You can use multiple sources, so if you have a card reader that has multiple cards, or you have one of these and you can plug your card in, with Lightroom you can actually select different cards and you can import from all of these cards simultaneously at the same time. Someone else gave a class here at Lightroom, and I'm trying to remember who they are to give them credit, but that is, let your computer do the hard work and don't spend your time waiting for the computer to work. Download, and then go have dinner, or go take a bath, and then come back after it's downloaded, but you can get all this going and have it working at the same time really hard for you while you're not even there. You don't have to sit through, I gotta get this one card in, and then this card here, and for those who shoot with multiple cards, there are devices out there where you can download with different types of cards, or multiple of the same style card, in one stack. This is one from Lexar, and this is, personally I think designed for news or sports photographers so that they can have multiple cards all being downloaded at exactly the same time to Lightroom.

Class Description

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

1Class Introduction 2Photographic Characteristics 3Camera Types 4Viewing System 5Lens System 6Shutter System 7Shutter Speed Basics 8Shutter Speed Effects 9Camera & Lens Stabilization 10Quiz: Shutter Speeds 11Camera Settings Overview 12Drive Mode & Buffer 13Camera Settings - Details 14Sensor Size: Basics 15Sensor Sizes: Compared 16The Sensor - Pixels 17Sensor Size - ISO 18Focal Length 19Angle of View 20Practicing Angle of View 21Quiz: Focal Length 22Fisheye Lens 23Tilt & Shift Lens 24Subject Zone 25Lens Speed 26Aperture 27Depth of Field (DOF) 28Quiz: Apertures 29Lens Quality 30Light Meter Basics 31Histogram 32Quiz: Histogram 33Dynamic Range 34Exposure Modes 35Sunny 16 Rule 36Exposure Bracketing 37Exposure Values 38Quiz: Exposure 39Focusing Basics 40Auto Focus (AF) 41Focus Points 42Focus Tracking 43Focusing Q&A 44Manual Focus 45Digital Focus Assistance 46Shutter Speeds & Depth of Field (DOF) 47Quiz: Depth of Field 48DOF Preview & Focusing Screens 49Lens Sharpness 50Camera Movement 51Advanced Techniques 52Quiz: Hyperfocal Distance 53Auto Focus Calibration 54Focus Stacking 55Quiz: Focus Problems 56Camera Accessories 57Lens Accessories 58Lens Adaptors & Cleaning 59Macro 60Flash & Lighting 61Tripods 62Cases 63Being a Photographer 64Natural Light: Direct Sunlight 65Natural Light: Indirect Sunlight 66Natural Light: Mixed 67Twilight: Sunrise & Sunset Light 68Cloud & Color Pop: Sunrise & Sunset Light 69Silhouette & Starburst: Sunrise & Sunset Light 70Golden Hour: Sunrise & Sunset Light 71Quiz: Lighting 72Light Management 73Flash Fundamentals 74Speedlights 75Built-In & Add-On Flash 76Off-Camera Flash 77Off-Camera Flash For Portraits 78Advanced Flash Techniques 79Editing Assessments & Goals 80Editing Set-Up 81Importing Images 82Organizing Your Images 83Culling Images 84Categories of Development 85Adjusting Exposure 86Remove Distractions 87Cropping Your Images 88Composition Basics 89Point of View 90Angle of View 91Subject Placement 92Framing Your Shot 93Foreground & Background & Scale 94Rule of Odds 95Bad Composition 96Multi-Shot Techniques 97Pixel Shift, Time Lapse, Selective Cloning & Noise Reduction 98Human Vision vs The Camera 99Visual Perception 100Quiz: Visual Balance 101Visual Drama 102Elements of Design 103Texture & Negative Space 104Black & White & Color 105The Photographic Process 106Working the Shot 107What Makes a Great Photograph?

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