Photography 101


Photography 101


Lesson Info

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We've talked about using the live you and the history and functionality to visually gauge your exposure, and that is an amazing tool, it's when the tools that we're using a ton, I'm going to give you guys two more tips in another tool to use to help you gauge your exposures, but with the water backlit, we have a beautiful kind of back late water look what we have a nice depth and everything, but we have strong highlights and because of that, it's going to be impossible, really, to gauge whether these highlights are blown looking at just a preview, and even when we look at just the image history ram itself, it's still gonna be difficult because that history and we might just be pushing a little bit towards the edge and were not able to see exactly what has blown out. So I have to tip for you. No one is going to be to adjust the lcd brightness, and we're gonna talk about why and how in just a second and tip number two is toe always, always, always use the in camera highlight alert becaus...

e it's simply too difficult to know exactly what's blown what the highlight alerts going to do it it's going to blink the areas that are blown out in black so you can see exactly what is blood on the image. Now for the nikon, we can access the monitor brightness by going down into the setup menu, and we have a monitor brightness. Now, what I recommend that you do is you turn it all the way up, generally his cameras going come set at a default setting of, say, zero or they're going to come set at an auto setting, and auto is probably the worst of anything, but even in a default setting of zero, the problem is that when I walk outside to a pricing like this, I really can't see my lcd, so my recommendation is leave the martyr brightness on the brightest setting or choose a brightness that works for you. But don't leave it on auto now, let's, go ahead and go back. I want to turn on my highlight alert at least verify that it turned on by my nikon. I need to go back to the playback menu on the playback menu. We have playback display options by click into this menu. We have several different options and you can see one of them. Is that arjun be hissed a gram? So we had the option to enable the artemis history? I'm in addition to that standard luminosity of the standard greatest a gram as well. But I have right now the highlights turn on I want to make sure that that highlight alert is turned on. This is the alert, so if it's off let's, go ahead and click over that's off we're in the right click again to turn on and if you don't want any of these other options available, you can always turn off the different display options that don't really apply to you, but I would recommend the highlight alert and the artemis instagram is also awesome and shooting data is absolutely awesome and the overview is awesome for me too, so I kind of like all of them so now we're gonna do is adjust my camera settings were going to take a quick shot just for a test. Okay, let's, just go ahead and grab an image, okay? So I'm gonna hit play so we get that preview and I'm gonna hit up on my d patches so we can get it back to the standard view and then you'll see that is gonna start blinking. Now. This is what I never would've been able to detect just by the standard history ram on the standard history and it would have looked like I captured most of my tonal range, but when I look at the highlight alert it tells me that a little bit of the kind of peaks and highlights in the water are blown out and from that, I can make adjustments and fine tune my setting. So what I know now is I'm gonna go ahead and adjust my setting down to probably one, eight hundred of a second. Or maybe one, six hundred let's. Go one, six. Forty. Let's, take another shot. Wei have a tiny bit blown but it's looking much better. I'm gonna go up one more step to one, eight hundred let's. Go ahead and take another shot way. Go! That looks awesome. We basically retained all of our detail. I'm gonna go ahead and hit. Uh, let's see him play and let's. Look at the history. Mamma's. Well used both these tools in conjunction. You could see that with the history ram I pushed my shadows to the left edge. We don't have any shadows clip. I have my highlights, although against the right age and I made sure that that little tip of highlights isn't blown out in the water. Okay, so again, I'm zoomed into these rocks for that close up of the water, washing into the rocks and in a way, for that perfect wave and catching my shot. My assignment for you all is to go out and use the highlight alert in conjunction with your history, ma'am. Remember for your specific camera making model. Be sure to check out your manual if you don't know how to access or turn on the highlight alert. That's it for this video. I'm going to get my shot, and I'll see you all in 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. 


2The Camera is Simply a Tool
3How Does a Camera Work?
4How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
5Exposure Triangle
6What is a Stop of Light
7Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
8Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
9White Balance & Color Temperature
10No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure
11How To Measure or Meter Light
128 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
13Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods
14How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
15Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
16Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
17Starting with Automated Modes
18Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
19Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
20Landscape Mode on the Beach
21Sports or Action Mode
22Macro Mode with Food Photography
23Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
24In-Camera Processing
25A Glimpse into RAW Processing
2615 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing
273 Primary Types of Autofocus
28Single Shot with Portrait Session
29Single Shot with Action Shots
30AI Servo with Action Shots
31Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection
32Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
33How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
34What Makes a Great Photograph?
35How to Capture Candid Moments
36How to Find the Right Light Direction
375 Basic Compositional Theories
38The Power of Cropping
39Color Schemes
40Diving into the Narrative
41If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against
42More About Your Camera and Lenses
43Understanding Megapixels
44Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras
45Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration
46Prime vs. Zoom Lens
47How the Lens Affects Composition
48Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG
495 Tips on Memory Cards
5010 Tips on Buying Gear
52The Good Karma Jar
53Posing and Action Shots with Female Model
54Posing and Lighting with Female Model
55Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits