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Mastering Your Digital Camera

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Module 5 Summary

Chris Weston

Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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34. Module 5 Summary
Recap the elements that factor into an image's exposure in this brief lesson.


Lesson Info

Module 5 Summary

to summarize the light meter is the tour that calculates how much light is the right amount. Now your camera has three main light meters multi segment spot and sent awaited. The multi segment meets. The reason most accurate and the easiest to use. It's major floor is always giving you an image very close to what you see with the naked eye, which means it's less well suited to creative photography. The spot meter is more complex to use but is the best option when you want to use Light creatively sent a weighted metering his ideal for portrait photography. Now, when it comes to what the meter is telling you, all meters think that all subjects are medium great. I will give you a meter reading that renders old tones as medium grey. This means the meat will under exposed light tones and over exposed dark tones to correctly exposed light and dark tones. Use exposure, compensation toe, add or subtract light, and remember, you can purposely over or under exposed tone to create different aesthe...

tic effects. For example, under exposing light toned clouds to make a darker and more dramatic moving on to dynamic range camera dynamic range is the camera's ability to record detail in highlights and shadows simultaneously. Same dynamic range is a difference in stops between the lightest and darkest objects, or areas in the scene now seem dynamic. Rain should fall within camera dynamic range to avoid clip or blocked pixels. When seen, dynamic range exceeds camera dynamic range. You must decide whether to retain detail in hi lights or shadows. As a rule of thumb in digital photography is better to hold detail in the highlights. To help achieve accurate exposures, use the history, the history of the bar chart that shows the distribution of tones from black to white. Now there is no such thing as a perfect hissed a gram. It must be read in conjunction with the image it relates to. In addition to the hissed a gram, the highlight screen and zebra striping reveal areas of image where pixels, the clipped that is grossly overexposed in post capture processing is better to darken an over exposed image than lighting and under exposed image. So remember the mantra exposed for the brightest part of the scene, where detail is important and that's it. Everything I've shown you in this series of video tutorials is re captain the course notes. So remember to go check them out. I'll see you in a way.

Class Description


  • Set up your camera with confidence
  • Better understand shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • Capture perfect exposures in camera
  • Get sharp, focused images quickly
  • Understand white balance and the difference between RAW and JPEG
  • Quickly and confidently capture images “in the moment”
  • Become a better photographer by building an understanding of basic photography techniques


CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course.

Turn terms like aperture, shutter speed and ISO from a bunch of obscure photography jargon to a toolset that you can easily manipulate to capture great photos. Led by landscape photographer Chris Weston, this class covers everything beginners need to know to master photography basics from exposure to focus.

Turn that camera dial off of auto and learn how to properly expose a photograph. With a few basic camera settings, get the most image quality and the best colors from your mirrorless or DSLR camera. Then, master focus modes and techniques for sharp photographs.

Learn the basics of photography in a series of short, memorable lessons. Chris' straight-forward teaching style is great for newbies that find the task of learning photography daunting, while the to-the-point lessons make it possible to spend just a few minutes a day mastering your camera with easy photography tips and techniques.


  • Beginner photographers
  • First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
  • Any photographer that wants to get off automatic mode to shoot better photos


Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.


mark jacobson

What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.


Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

Sky Bergman

This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!