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Photography 101

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Landscape Mode on the Beach

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

Photography 101

SLR Lounge, Pye Jirsa

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20. Landscape Mode on the Beach


Class Trailer
1 Introduction 03:17 2 The Camera is Simply a Tool 06:24 3 How Does a Camera Work? 12:07 4 How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO 07:22 5 Exposure Triangle 13:53 6 What is a Stop of Light 07:06 7 Reading Exposure Via the Histogram 11:59 8 Blown Highlights or Clipped Details 04:18
9 White Balance & Color Temperature 23:24 10 No Such Thing as the Correct Exposure 06:13 11 How To Measure or Meter Light 06:41 12 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality 15:59 13 Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Methods 12:18 14 How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot 06:49 15 Equivalent Exposure but Different Images 03:49 16 Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes 06:14 17 Starting with Automated Modes 02:19 18 Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode 09:33 19 Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot 08:45 20 Landscape Mode on the Beach 08:18 21 Sports or Action Mode 12:09 22 Macro Mode with Food Photography 10:10 23 Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography 08:52 24 In-Camera Processing 06:01 25 A Glimpse into RAW Processing 12:55 26 15 Tips When You’re Having Trouble Focusing 15:18 27 3 Primary Types of Autofocus 03:42 28 Single Shot with Portrait Session 04:05 29 Single Shot with Action Shots 02:06 30 AI Servo with Action Shots 06:14 31 Focus Recomposing vs. AF Point Selection 05:41 32 Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule 06:50 33 How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial 11:07 34 What Makes a Great Photograph? 05:07 35 How to Capture Candid Moments 07:08 36 How to Find the Right Light Direction 11:40 37 5 Basic Compositional Theories 11:17 38 The Power of Cropping 10:22 39 Color Schemes 04:43 40 Diving into the Narrative 12:38 41 If It’s Not Working With, It’s Probably Working Against 01:56 42 More About Your Camera and Lenses 01:20 43 Understanding Megapixels 09:15 44 Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras 06:01 45 Crop vs. Full Frame Cameras Demonstration 04:55 46 Prime vs. Zoom Lens 06:57 47 How the Lens Affects Composition 08:54 48 Dynamic Range and RAW vs. JPEG 09:22 49 5 Tips on Memory Cards 07:06 50 10 Tips on Buying Gear 11:35 51 Conclusion 03:43 52 The Good Karma Jar 01:41 53 Posing and Action Shots with Female Model 12:39 54 Posing and Lighting with Female Model 01:31 55 Posing and Lighting Couples Portraits 06:00

Lesson Info

Landscape Mode on the Beach

It's time to rock our landscapes now I have here my nikon dvd two hundred and I put on here toki no eleven to sixteen wide angle lens this is designed for crop sensor cameras and it has a super wide angle which is going to be awesome for seems like this it's beautiful quality and it's also very affordable. Jimmy great lens for your toolkit if you're looking for a wide angle crops answer lens now what we're gonna do is flip this over to our mountain setting first and I'm gonna go ahead and pop up john I'm gonna show you guys what we all do when we start shooting photography. All right? I'm gonna go ahead and just kind of frame my little image here and this looks nice and what I'm doing here is I'm placing my horizon just smack dab in the middle of my friend I'm not kind of thinking about anything compositionally I'm not moving around looking at different angles, I'm not trying to frame the shot how I would like it before I'm shooting anything. What I want you guys to do a brain in your ...

head is to set up your composition first it doesn't matter if you're shooting in on automated mode or in manual mode help the camera out by choosing your composition now I'm going to show you what I'm seeing here I have this beautiful sunset in the background. We timed this perfectly when we shoot landscapes. We generally want to shoot him at two times a day. One is either during sunrise, which is incredibly difficult to get up at four in the morning to get out for sunrise. One is during sunset, which most of us prefer anyway, so we're shooting during a sense that during these two times a day way have beautiful colors in the sky, particularly when the sun is right below the horizon at both time today we get what's known as peak color. So we're gonna do is we're going to set up for p keller. We already have this some kind of peace through the clouds will get some of those as it drops down and the color's really amplify we're gonna get those shots so let's set this up on our tripod. Now I'm gonna go ahead and dial in and just get my right composition here. So let me go through the viewfinder have this water coming through right along this edge it looks really, really nice. Now what I'm gonna do is pop this on and it's still in landscape mode. So I was going to take another shot for you guys and let's see how it turns out, so we're auto focus its focus on the right area let's top that shot off what's happening here is that four hundred we're reducing dynamic range of the image dynamic range. Is that range of details from our shadows all way to our highlights, and we want to keep that at the lowest possible native eyes. So which is it is a one hundred because any time we increase, we're losing our image detail. We're losing dynamic range. We're losing color, we're losing sharpness and so forth. So if the heart is switching to manual, I first want to use the one hundred next I want to use an after that will give me a broad depth of field and it did that it actually closed down the after knowing that we're in landscape. Mo we told the camera well, we want to broaden the field so it used an after nine or a small dive that lens to increase our depth of field to yield a sharper image. Okay, so what about shutter speed now what it's trying to do is keep the shutter speed relatively high. But what I actually want is to slow down the shutter speed because what I want to do in the scenes, I want to slow the shutter speed, so we have that wispy kind of effect, a water. All right so we know how the automated landscape mode approach this shot now let's do things our way I'm gonna dial everything and manually based on what I want, you're going to see how much additional control we have in getting an even better image then what we have with the automated mode let's go and turn the camera on and I'm going to flip over to manual mode and then flip our live view on my battery is very low so we're gonna try and do this a little bit on the quick side f seven one here now what I want to do is keep my eyes away I saw one hundred which I'm at I'm going to slow down my shutter speed until I get to a point where uh well actually wanted to be a little bit lower at one one hundred second we're not gonna be freezing enough of the I'm sorry we're not showing enough emotion I want to get down and let's say one tenth of a second or one fifth of a second or even one second and so forth now where were we doing now is playing the landscape photographer waiting game now landscape photography should be very familiar with this because basically all it is is you go to a location find your beautiful spot set up and you wait for the perfect light whether it's during sunrise or sunset that's exactly what I do now so we're gonna wait for pete color and I'm gonna show you guys the actual setting that we're using to capture the shot at that point remember one thing we're shooting right now in rot and j peg I want to have the jpeg file just last this show immediately but I want to have that raw file because I want to yield the max of dynamic range best possible image in this scene and to do that I need my raw file so I can post produce later on all right let's wait now for pete keller and then we'll come back and show you what we get all right, so the sun has set on how and where freezing cold nothing at this point is going right what happened so far is our nikon d fifty two hundred did indeed die the battery is dead and our rebel is almost dead and we still have another shot that we need to get with it so I don't want to bring that up on the tripod because it might die too also the sunset and we didn't get peak light because we have this super dense cloud cover right now so it didn't really let any light shine through for peak light but that's ok, we're still gonna get awesome shot now for those of you wonderful people that wish to be landscape photographers what pie just encountered is very typical getting those perfect fine art landscape photos requires not only a lot of work, it also requires actually perfect conditions. Landscape photographers will get up at two a m toa high ten miles into a location toe arrive at sunrise. They will wait for hours for that perfect sunset, and they will do whatever it takes to get that shot. Oh, and lastly, they will do it multiple times. We know incredible professional landscape photographers that have shot the same location and during the same physical torment ten to fifteen times just for that one time when the stars align in the way, the weather was perfect what's the point of telling you this, well, just know, because we want you to know that it takes what it takes to get truly amazing landscape images, and we want you to keep on trying when mother nature doesn't cooperate, use your weather reports, scout your locations, try and try again until you get that perfect shot. When you d'oh, be sure to share it with everybody on slr lounge. What I've done now is popped on a five day mark, three under the camera, but the thing is weighed probably get a better image out of the dpd two hundred simply because it has a broader dynamic range, we have thirteen points. Send stopped on the dvd two hundred and we only have around twelve point five on the five three, so don't get caught up in the camera because this camera I don't know for this scene it'll give us a really great image, but still a d fifty hundred deep into two hundred probably what I would prefer now I'm freezing cold and that's why I'm having a hard time talking to you. All right now, let's, go ahead and hit live. You will check out the settings right now. We're running around a two second exposure and again, check out the history ram we have quite a bit pushed this left side so I might even slow down the shutters, be a little more. I'm shooting emanuel and you could see that we're pushing the right side the highlights just right over the edge without trying to blow out any of these bright cloud areas. I'm going to maybe go around three, three, three point two seconds around and we're at eleven is a one hundred again one hundred maximum dynamic range f eleven because that's going to give us a super sharp image with a good depth of field that were at that optimal image sharpness. For our amateur okay, so let's go and take a shot here that looks really nice I might brighten it up even a little bit more maybe I'll drop this down the f a a and then I keep my exposure round two seconds so that's it what I want you all to do is to go out and play with landscape mode try it out in your camera this whole thing was about landscape mode to see how it works on automated mode in your camera and then after you guys get your compositions after you create your shot and you see what landscape mode does by stopping down the aperture by keeping the shutter speed high enough by changing the so go ahead and dial in your settings manually see if you can get a better image by doing this it is custom to essentially what you want the scene gauge what you want your shutter speed to be at what you want you're after to be out based on your depth of field based on the sharpest of the lens shutter speed based on if you're trying to freeze action or if you're trying to show emotion in the shop and keep the iso is lowest possible so you get the best dynamic range in the shop afterwards wants to get an image that you're having posted test our lounge dot com and tell everyone about it we'll see you on the next video

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.