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Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

Lesson 23 from: Photography 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

Lesson 23 from: Photography 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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23. Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography


Class Trailer



The Camera is Simply a Tool


How Does a Camera Work?


How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO


Exposure Triangle


What is a Stop of Light


Reading Exposure Via the Histogram


Blown Highlights or Clipped Details


White Balance & Color Temperature


No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure


How To Measure or Meter Light


8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality


Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods


How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot


Equivalent Exposure but Different Images


Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes


Starting with Automated Modes


Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode


Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot


Landscape Mode on the Beach


Sports or Action Mode


Macro Mode with Food Photography


Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography


In-Camera Processing


A Glimpse into RAW Processing


15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing


3 Primary Types of Autofocus


Single Shot with Portrait Session


Single Shot with Action Shots


AI Servo with Action Shots


Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection


Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule


How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial


What Makes a Great Photograph?


How to Capture Candid Moments


How to Find the Right Light Direction


5 Basic Compositional Theories


The Power of Cropping


Color Schemes


Diving into the Narrative


If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against


More About Your Camera and Lenses


Understanding Megapixels


Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras


Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration


Prime vs. Zoom Lens


How the Lens Affects Composition


Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG


5 Tips on Memory Cards


10 Tips on Buying Gear




The Good Karma Jar


Posing and Action Shots with Female Model


Posing and Lighting with Female Model


Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits


Lesson Info

Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography

This is the final video in our automated mode chapter, and in this video what I want to talk about are the creative or the effect modes that are available on really mawr, the consumer and cameras. Now, when you step into the higher end cameras, these modes are not included. But what these modes basically do is they apply essentially almost things that you would do in photo shop, like filters and effects of the images right in camera. For this specific story, we're going to using the Canon rebel T five I and there's a specific reason why I'm not using the Nikon because many camera brands and Cameron makes well. What they do is when you're in these creative auto modes, they don't give the ability to shoot Rob because the base is gonna process the image in camera and it spits out a final Jay Pek. This is a kind of an important note to consider. The cannon does Let me shoot Rob Plus Jay Pek. So it'll give me that final J peg processed with these effects. But I also get the raw for later us...

e. All right, so we're going to bring on the rebel. Now I'm gonna go ahead and get started. What we're gonna do is flip into see a so creative auto on the rebel, and we have a lovely little flower seems set up. So what we're gonna do is I want to take a shot of this and let's do the first thing that most of us would do when we just kind of get into photography. And we just start shooting as we see some cool flowers like this and like, Oh, this looks beautiful. I'm just gonna take a picture. And so we would just go like this and we're just gonna have the camera pretty much decide everything for us. And this picture looks absolutely not that great. But all we did was just walked up to it and we just took the shot. And I want you all to train yourselves out of that where you basically walk up to a scene and decide how to shoot it. What we saw in the lash out is that we saw too much background we saw in the composition was just bulls. I'd centered. And then we saw this background, which kind of clutters with everything but It's still kind of looks not very good. We need to do a little bit more. And what we're gonna do is I'm gonna teach you some simple tricks here. We've talked about a five and one reflector, and I'm gonna go ahead and grab one right now. So give me one moment as I grab my reflector stand, I'm gonna grab a reflector stand, and then we're gonna put this in, and what I'm gonna do is also grab a little scrim. I'm gonna place this about right here. I was gonna grab a standard 51 This is the scrim inside of a five and one. Okay, so all it's gonna do is block light. It's gonna allow the light through, but it's going to soften it up. Essentially. OK, so we're going to place this right over in front of flowers. I'm gonna get myself a little room to sit, too. Let's put it right here. All right, let me come back around and let's just see Well what that did. And immediately just in looking at the flowers from where I'm at its already improved. And this is something you guys can take anywhere you guys these fold up really small when you're going on a hike. When you're going into the mountains, take one of these with you. If you like to shoot flowers, you should have one of these screams because it's wonderful for daytime shooting. Now, let's go ahead and adjust. Now I'm gonna get the kind of the same composition that we talked about. All right, let's take a look at that one. That's already so much better. But what I think I could do here is add maybe a little more light. Maybe just a little bit more details to get it to look nicer. All right, let's do this. Let's go ahead. And I'm gonna grab my silver reflector, have one other. Reflect. I always carry around two or three reflectors because they're so handy. They're handy dandy. Now, what I can do is just basically use this to shape the light around the object. Okay, I'm gonna see if I like that in just a second. What I'm going to first, though, is let's go ahead and bring in a flower. Photographers, best friend, Your bottle of water. All right, so this is one of the things that again If you're going on a hike and you like to shoot flowers, take a little spray bottle with you because you can spray water onto them. And, of course, the best time to shoot flowers is when it's basically just after his reign. When you have cloud cover when everything is covered in water. But we don't have that. Right now we have bright, sunny skies. So this is our cloud cover. And we have this. This is our water that we're gonna spring onto it so essentially mimicking what it would look like right after a rain storm. Okay, so what I'm gonna do it just kind of want to make sure that this is on the missed mode. Okay, So what's going to spray a little mist over? I don't know why I'm shaking it. It's not like it's ah, can of soda or something, but that's okay. All right, Now I'm going to see if this silver side is something I want, because what it's gonna do is gonna add a lot of extra lighting dimension, especially to the little spark. Lots of water that are all over these plant or the flowers. But what I'm noticing here. Is that the silver side? It might be just a little bit too harsh. I'm gonna take a shot of it just so you guys can see this, actually. Okay, We'll take a quick shot. The silversides. Nice. But it might be just a little bit too strong. So instead of using a silver side, well, I could use a white side. So we're gonna do instead of just grab his other scrim. I have one other scream right here. Let's just see if we like this, cause I like how it looks just without the Without the scream as well. We might not even need, um what we might not even need either. Well, C and I actually kind of like this. Probably the best. So using this white, it's a much software. Look, we get really beautiful. Look, with the flowers and I'm gonna do is just bring it in to take the shot. That looks gorgeous. I love it. Okay, so take a look at where we started when we shot that first shot. This with the harsh daylight and all the way over to kind of adding in our cloud cover and then adding in the water and each step really improve the overall production of the image. Now, let's go ahead and check out the different creative automotive. Remember, I am on Raw Plus J Peck. So we're gonna get the raw file. In addition to J pic file. Let's go ahead and switch into I'm gonna hit the menu were in creative auto already. So all you do now is just basically go into the menu and just choose which one I want. Now, with every one of these settings we have standard, I'm gonna read off what we have. We have standards setting. We have vivid, soft, warm, intense, cool, brighter, darker and monochrome. And in every single one of these menus, we have the option to basically choose the strength of the effective one, apply where they want to be low and strength or high and strength. So something I think would look cool in this image is maybe something that looks more vivid. Okay, so let's go with vivid and I'm gonna leave the effect. Let's go withstand. Actually, let's go with low and let's kind of bump it up to see how it looks. What is going to do is add a lot of contrast in saturation to us. I'm gonna try it like this, and then we'll kind of bump it up. We go Perfect. Now with Bump it up. Let's bump it up too strong and see what? How strong it actually guess. Okay, I always forget that. Have a touch screen on this touch screen is so nice. All right, that's perfect. Okay, let's do the same thing again. All right? Now I can see already just from the back of the screen. How much more contrast in saturation? It's adding, Let's try some other ones. Let's go back. I'm gonna go back in The vivid men. You are not the video. Maybe the standard just ah, choose our ambience. Let's see here. Another one, I think, is gonna look awesome on this Will. Intense is going fairly similar. Let's do a monochromatic one because there's a bunch different options here, and most of just do what they're gonna say. Like the cooling one is just gonna cool it down. So it's not going to warm the warming. One is going to make it more warm. It's gonna bring in the yellows and oranges and so It's really kind of, Ah, as faras the menu options. It's really what you see is what you get. What I want to do is do a black and white and we'll do a monochrome and in the different kind of versions of black white that we have, which I'm not a huge fan of. But I want you guys to see it just to see it. Okay, so let's go monochrome first. Gonna bring in the Reflector. We'll take the shot again. Perfect. Now let's go to the other mode. So in addition of monochrome, we have this effect Blue, which is kind of like that scion tone monochromatic look which I'm not a huge fan of again. But, you know, they put these into the camera because there are a lot of people that dig these different styles. That's totally fine. Just because something doesn't fit your style doesn't mean it doesn't fit someone style. We also have a more sepia tone one again. I'm not a big fan of sepia tone stuff, but you see what looks like. OK, so here's the sepia tone version. Now you can probably see from these images why I recommend that you shoot these modes in droplets JPEG. It's great to have that J pic processing camera have that cool effect applied to it. But some of these effects could be very strong, and these effects are not actually nearly as strong as some of them that are available in, say, a Nikon or a Sony or any of the other camera that you might get. Someone looks straight like paintings, So if you have the raw file, you can always go back to at a later point in time. I'm gonna go ahead and take a couple more shots of my lovely flowers. You guys, for your assignment in this video, I want us to all go on, basically play with these creative mode in your camera. They might be known as effect mode. They might be called something else or artistic modes. Whatever they're called. Go out and check out what you have. See if you can shoot raw plus JPEG in these modes, if you can then feel free to use them as much as you want. If you can't, I'd recommend that you kind of stay away from a little bit because you might end up getting shots that are a little bit too much, and you can't ever remove those effects that apply to it. All right, so that's it for this video. Once you guys get a cool image with one of the effect mode in your camera, be sure uploaded to star labs dot com. Tell us how you shot at what effect won't use and so forth, and I'll see you all in the next video.

Ratings and Reviews


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.

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