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Photography 101

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AI Servo with Action Shots

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Photography 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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30. AI Servo with Action Shots


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1 Introduction Duration:03:17
2 The Camera is Simply a Tool Duration:06:24
3 How Does a Camera Work? Duration:12:07
5 Exposure Triangle Duration:13:53
6 What is a Stop of Light Duration:07:06
11 How To Measure or Meter Light Duration:06:41
17 Starting with Automated Modes Duration:02:19
18 Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode Duration:09:33
20 Landscape Mode on the Beach Duration:08:18
21 Sports or Action Mode Duration:12:09
24 In-Camera Processing Duration:06:01
25 A Glimpse into RAW Processing Duration:12:55
27 3 Primary Types of Autofocus Duration:03:42
29 Single Shot with Action Shots Duration:02:06
30 AI Servo with Action Shots Duration:06:14
34 What Makes a Great Photograph? Duration:05:07
35 How to Capture Candid Moments Duration:07:08
37 5 Basic Compositional Theories Duration:11:17
38 The Power of Cropping Duration:10:22
39 Color Schemes Duration:04:43
40 Diving into the Narrative Duration:12:38
43 Understanding Megapixels Duration:09:15
44 Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Duration:06:01
46 Prime vs. Zoom Lens Duration:06:57
48 Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG Duration:09:22
49 5 Tips on Memory Cards Duration:07:06
50 10 Tips on Buying Gear Duration:11:35
51 Conclusion Duration:03:43
52 The Good Karma Jar Duration:01:41

Lesson Info

AI Servo with Action Shots

Okay, so I'm back here on my nikon I'm on the defense to hundred again this time on the eighty five millimeter because what we're going to hear is a little bit different this is the situation where I would use the servo where the continuous cerebral functions only go ahead and turn it on right now I'm gonna go ahead and go into the quick shooting menu and we're going to turn on the focus mode we're gonna go into continuous servo a f I'm also going to select the area mode again, we're going to use the same single point and because I wanted to be as accurate as possible, but in the continuous servant mode we do have other options available. Other area options available, so if you aren't sure exactly where you want to be focusing, choose an area option because it will give you a little more kind of leeway to get the focus, but I'm gonna go a single point. What are these area options that prize talking about when it comes to a f or auto focus? Well, depending on your camera, you're gonna h...

ave different area options when it comes to a f for example, here I've got a much more advanced camera I have got a five mark three and on this camera we can enter into the select f area mode and when you're using the single f point we can actually expand the area to surround or create zones around that a f point, so if you wanna have spot level a f control, but then you want a little more leeway for moving subject, you might use a spot f with an f area surround, which will use all the points around that selected a f point to focus a lot of f to talk about, but these types of modes give you a little more room for error, but remember that they also come at a cost because you lose a little bit of control over which exact point is being used for focusing, so it might not be something you want to use when let's say you're shooting a portrait because, well, I'm portrait's we generally want to use the most accurate single point f for focusing, but it might be useful when you're shooting moving objects like in the scene that price shooting right now so let's, get back to that video with continuous servo. The reason I always say to be careful is because your center point is always going to be the strongest point your camera, and this means that if you're using a center based composition and I serve, it typically will work. Really, really well when you're using a continuous servo on a servo mode, the problem is that if you're using any of these outside a f points well, you're likely going to get a lot of miss focused images and that's why during, say, a wedding processional even when they're coming straight down the aisle, we still would often use single shot because I'd rather shoot and refocus on every single shot, maybe have one or two there miss focused than let's say I serve a handle it and kind of missed a bunch of them, but this is one of compositions that I several work totally fine because we're in a bright situation I'm also going to use the center composition framing you vet right in the middle as she runs right along the line, so we're going to use in the centre a half point everything is set up for this to work correctly so in my settings the other options that I have enabled is for my continuous mode I have instead of shooting single frame I'm student continuous high speed okay there's gonna louse to capture multiple frames she's running through and this is really the strength of the survey mo because we can capture ah bunch of shots in a row she's running towards us and they all should at least be sharp okay, so you better are you ready? I'm going to go ahead and let me dial on my settings real quick. I'm just gonna get a quick test shot we've been using around, um, a hundred, a hundred shutter speed and around f two and one hundred s, so so let me just double check to make sure that our history and looks good and it does a hundred shutter speed is going to keep her frozen even when she starts getting close. Now, as the action gets closer to the frame as it gets closer to the camera, you need to be using a higher shutter speed to completely freeze it. So eight hundred is going to be completely adequate, okay, that you're ready to run. All right, let's, run through, I'm going to keep her in the center of the frame and we're going to shoot right when she gets kind of that midpoint gonna keep firing locker in and we're going to go until we get an awesome expression, okay, that go for it now, if you notice my camera is kind of choking very quickly and this is because I'm shooting rob plus jpeg shooting rod in and of itself is going to slow down the cameras buffer like we've talked about before, so if you want to shoot fast and raw is not giving enough. For you then switch over to j peg right now I'm shooting rob plus j peg so we're writing as much information well, basically as the camera can, and so we're kind of choking up around five, six images I'm gonna go ahead and switch to j paige right now and just to kind of show you guys that we can get a few more when we're shooting in j peg and the burst modes what I am going to do first, though, is just make sure that all my settings are perfect when you're shooting j peg it's even more important that you dialing all the exact settings that you need from from the picture control down to the exact settings for your shutter speed after night. So for your overall exposure and everything and we're solid right now, so we're gonna go ahead and shoot this andrzej big sleeping get a few extra shots out of it already, but go ahead and run it again. All right? Did you notice that time how we got more shots? We probably got double the amount of shots before the camera had to stop and transfer the images over the memory card and it looks like we got several good shots of better okay, hopefully you understand the difference is now between single shot versus servo modes and also basically the strength of each of them which situations worked best for single shot versus which situations work best for servo. Kind of the overall weaknesses and different situations where each of these modes might have a hard time. Also remember that we do have that third kind of automated mode where it chooses between single shot or this servo mode for us, but again, that's a mode that I typically would not want the camera to handle for me. I want to take control of that for myself. Okay, so the assignment this time is to basically go and shoot some sports or action. I want you guys to try out the different modes that you have available after you get a shot that you like, uploaded to s our lounge and tell everybody about it. What was your experience? What if mo did you use? Did you notice any shortcomings? What helped you out and so forth? That's it for this video and we'll see you on the next one.

Class Description

Learn how to create, edit, and share stunning digital images.

To a photography beginner, the gleaming complexity of a new camera seems to demand an arsenal of expensive equipment and a long legacy of training. This is a common misconception – beautiful, professional-grade shots are within reach to any with a mastery of the basic mechanics of photography.

Join Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge for a thorough, practical exploration of the fundamentals. Photography 101 teaches you how to use standard, inexpensive equipment to:

  • Explore the inner mechanical workings of your camera
  • Learn how to recognize good light and modify it to your needs
  • Make the elements of manual mode - aperture, shutter speed and ISO - work for you
Take advantage of the flexibility and control offered by your camera’s manual mode by shadowing Pye on 5 days of shooting at 8 different locations. You’ll learn how to capture both crisp action shots of moving subjects and classic portraiture with posed models. You’ll also gain a sense of what makes a great photograph, and how to mix professional staging with candid, humanizing moments.

You will walk away from Photography 101 with SLR Lounge's Pye Jirsa as a better photographer, and you’ll have the creative and practical skills to create, edit, and share stunning digital images; all with no more gear than you started with. 



I watched this class "live" and was simply amazed at the amount of information Pye covered. Yes, he talks a little fast, and since I was streaming the class I couldn't stop it to review anything, but this guy really knows his stuff and explains it very well so I absorbed quite a bit. Bye is enthusiastic, clearly enjoys his craft, and delivers excellent information to students in a light heartedI and fun way. I think some reviewers are a bit harsh about his humor. Lighten up, people! His examples and the additional information his co-host provides are very worthwhile and you can tell the course was well thought out. I plan to buy the class to help me get back into DSLR photography.


I really enjoyed this class. I am not a beginner, but there were still things I learned here that I found helpful. I really enjoy learning from Pye. He is quick, gets to the point and doesn't spend a lot of time going over and over the same point. There is a wide variety of things that he covers, so really something for everyone. I would recommend purchasing this class if you want to understand your camera better, improve your technique and start taking better photos.

Joy Bobrink

I have tried to learn photography myself via the internet / YouTube but always felt like I was missing something in my foundation. Sure I can zero out my meter...but why? How do I know the settings I've selected are the correct ones? I've been circling this drain for a year until this course. WOW! Pye has SO MUCH information in every video. He doesn't just stand in a classroom and talk, he's out in the field actually putting his settings into his camera, talking about why and why not and then shooting. He's hands on the entire course. You don't just hear him, you see exactly what he's doing! I'm a visual / listening learner and this is my eureka moment! Thank you Pye! Watching the Exposure video and how you changed the settings yet maintained the exact same exposure was mind blowing. Awesome course! I would recommend this to anyone new to photography or anyone that feels like they don't have all the info.