Fundamentals of Photography

 

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?