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


Photography 101


Lesson Info

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

Hopefully you all have enjoyed the workshop so far and there's one bit of advice that I want to give you all, which is actually a word of advice that I got from a mutual friend of ours and matt at one point it was actually while he was teaching some of our employees and and he said something that really stuck to me he said if something's not working with your composition it's working against it and it was a very black and white approach to basically what should be in a photograph and what should not be and that there was no gray area and when I first heard it, I was like, uh I don't know if I agree with that, but then as I got to thinking about it is coming, yeah, that makes sense just because and you could tell me if you agree or not, but it made sense because in a photograph if I'm shooting, say, a couple and there's some trees behind them and there's one tree that I don't really like but I don't really mind it either. Well, if it's not helping my composition, then it probably is det...

racting from it and my composition be that much better if it didn't have it in there and it could really apply to anything in the image if it's not helping it most likely is becoming something that's attracting I mean, I kind of like that idea. It simplifies everything. I don't know that I would chop down that tree that was in your way. I might shift over a little more environment, right? Let's be green, please. But I do like that. If I could just think about it as do be intentional. Do I like it? Is it there for a reason? Otherwise, why have it at all? Yeah. And we kind of thought about the same thing in choosing our background behind us. I mean, when we were planning it, it was like, well, if if one of these objects really isn't helping out, we probably should remove it from the scene. Otherwise, what is it doing there? Right what's the point, same with all this stuff right here, which these didn't even do anything didn't help us. I know, but they look good. They did look a and there's three of them. So it and I'm going to touch them right now. Just I've done something they've been used. Bottom third alright, guys, we'll see you guys at 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