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Fundamentals of Photography

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    23:32
  •   02 Photographic Characteristics

    06:46
  •   03 Camera Types

    03:03

Class duration: 24h 30m

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About The Class

Build a strong foundation for your photography practice.

As a photographer, you will need to master the technical basics of the camera and form an understanding of the kind of equipment you need. The Fundamentals of Digital Photography will also teach something even more important (and crucial for success) - how to bring your creative vision to fruition.

Taught by seasoned photographer John Greengo, the Fundamentals of Digital Photography places emphasis on quality visuals and experiential learning. In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to bring together the elements of manual mode to create an evocative image: shutter speed, aperture, and image composition.
  • How to choose the right gear, and develop efficient workflow.
  • How to recognize and take advantage of beautiful natural light.

John will teach you to step back from your images and think critically about your motivations, process, and ultimate goals for your photography project. You’ll learn to analyze your vision and identify areas for growth. John will also explore the difference between the world seen by the human eye and the world seen by the camera sensor. By forming an awareness of the gap between the two, you will be able to use your equipment to its greatest potential.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    23:32
  2. 02

    Photographic Characteristics

    06:46
  3. 03

    Camera Types

    03:03
  4. 04

    Viewing System

    22:09
  5. 05

    Lens System

    24:38
  6. 06

    Shutter System

    12:56
  7. 07

    Shutter Speed Basics

    10:16
  8. 08

    Shutter Speed Effects

    31:57
  9. 09

    Camera & Lens Stabilization

    11:06
  10. 10

    Quiz: Shutter Speeds

    07:55
  11. 11

    Camera Settings Overview

    16:12
  12. 12

    Drive Mode & Buffer

    04:24
  13. 13

    Camera Settings - Details

    10:21
  14. 14

    Sensor Size: Basics

    18:26
  15. 15

    Sensor Sizes: Compared

    24:52
  16. 16

    The Sensor - Pixels

    22:49
  17. 17

    Sensor Size - ISO

    26:59
  18. 18

    Focal Length

    11:36
  19. 19

    Angle of View

    31:29
  20. 20

    Practicing Angle of View

    04:59
  21. 21

    Quiz: Focal Length

    08:15
  22. 22

    Fisheye Lens

    12:32
  23. 23

    Tilt & Shift Lens

    20:37
  24. 24

    Subject Zone

    13:16
  25. 25

    Lens Speed

    09:03
  26. 26

    Aperture

    08:25
  27. 27

    Depth of Field (DOF)

    21:46
  28. 28

    Quiz: Apertures

    08:22
  29. 29

    Lens Quality

    07:06
  30. 30

    Light Meter Basics

    09:04
  31. 31

    Histogram

    11:48
  32. 32

    Quiz: Histogram

    09:07
  33. 33

    Dynamic Range

    07:25
  34. 34

    Exposure Modes

    35:15
  35. 35

    Sunny 16 Rule

    04:31
  36. 36

    Exposure Bracketing

    08:08
  37. 37

    Exposure Values

    20:01
  38. 38

    Quiz: Exposure

    20:44
  39. 39

    Focusing Basics

    13:08
  40. 40

    Auto Focus (AF)

    24:39
  41. 41

    Focus Points

    17:18
  42. 42

    Focus Tracking

    19:26
  43. 43

    Focusing Q&A

    06:40
  44. 44

    Manual Focus

    07:14
  45. 45

    Digital Focus Assistance

    07:35
  46. 46

    Shutter Speeds & Depth of Field (DOF)

    05:18
  47. 47

    Quiz: Depth of Field

    15:54
  48. 48

    DOF Preview & Focusing Screens

    04:55
  49. 49

    Lens Sharpness

    11:08
  50. 50

    Camera Movement

    11:29
  51. 51

    Advanced Techniques

    15:15
  52. 52

    Quiz: Hyperfocal Distance

    07:14
  53. 53

    Auto Focus Calibration

    05:15
  54. 54

    Focus Stacking

    07:58
  55. 55

    Quiz: Focus Problems

    18:54
  56. 56

    Camera Accessories

    32:41
  57. 57

    Lens Accessories

    29:24
  58. 58

    Lens Adaptors & Cleaning

    13:14
  59. 59

    Macro

    13:02
  60. 60

    Flash & Lighting

    04:47
  61. 61

    Tripods

    14:13
  62. 62

    Cases

    06:07
  63. 63

    Being a Photographer

    11:29
  64. 64

    Natural Light: Direct Sunlight

    28:37
  65. 65

    Natural Light: Indirect Sunlight

    15:57
  66. 66

    Natural Light: Mixed

    04:20
  67. 67

    Twilight: Sunrise & Sunset Light

    22:21
  68. 68

    Cloud & Color Pop: Sunrise & Sunset Light

    06:40
  69. 69

    Silhouette & Starburst: Sunrise & Sunset Light

    07:28
  70. 70

    Golden Hour: Sunrise & Sunset Light

    07:52
  71. 71

    Quiz: Lighting

    05:02
  72. 72

    Light Management

    10:46
  73. 73

    Flash Fundamentals

    12:06
  74. 74

    Speedlights

    04:12
  75. 75

    Built-In & Add-On Flash

    10:47
  76. 76

    Off-Camera Flash

    25:48
  77. 77

    Off-Camera Flash For Portraits

    15:36
  78. 78

    Advanced Flash Techniques

    08:22
  79. 79

    Editing Assessments & Goals

    08:57
  80. 80

    Editing Set-Up

    06:59
  81. 81

    Importing Images

    03:59
  82. 82

    Organizing Your Images

    32:41
  83. 83

    Culling Images

    13:57
  84. 84

    Categories of Development

    30:59
  85. 85

    Adjusting Exposure

    08:03
  86. 86

    Remove Distractions

    04:02
  87. 87

    Cropping Your Images

    09:53
  88. 88

    Composition Basics

    26:36
  89. 89

    Point of View

    28:56
  90. 90

    Angle of View

    14:35
  91. 91

    Subject Placement

    23:22
  92. 92

    Framing Your Shot

    07:27
  93. 93

    Foreground & Background & Scale

    03:51
  94. 94

    Rule of Odds

    05:00
  95. 95

    Bad Composition

    07:31
  96. 96

    Multi-Shot Techniques

    19:08
  97. 97

    Pixel Shift, Time Lapse, Selective Cloning & Noise Reduction

    12:24
  98. 98

    Human Vision vs The Camera

    23:32
  99. 99

    Visual Perception

    10:43
  100. 100

    Quiz: Visual Balance

    14:05
  101. 101

    Visual Drama

    16:45
  102. 102

    Elements of Design

    09:24
  103. 103

    Texture & Negative Space

    03:57
  104. 104

    Black & White & Color

    10:33
  105. 105

    The Photographic Process

    09:08
  106. 106

    Working the Shot

    25:29
  107. 107

    What Makes a Great Photograph?

    07:01

Meet Your Expert

John Greengo

John Greengo is an award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography. Shooting for over 3 decades, John has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques and art of photography. When he's not traveling for a new shoot, ... read more

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  • pdf Fundamentals of Photography Class Outline
  • pdf Learning Projects Workbook
  • pdf Camera Keynote PDF
  • pdf Sensor Keynote PDF
  • pdf Lens Keynote PDF
  • pdf Exposure Keynote PDF
  • pdf Focus Keynote PDF
  • pdf Gadgets Keynote PDF
  • pdf Lighting Keynote PDF
  • pdf Editing Keynote PDF
  • pdf Composition Keynote PDF
  • pdf Photographic Vision Keynote PDF

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  • Creativelive Student

    January 2016

    Love love all John Greengo classes! Wish to have had him decades ago with this info, but no internet then!! John is the greatest photography teacher I have seen out there, and I watch a lot of Creative Live classes and folks on YouTube too. John is so detailed and there are a ton of ah ha moments for me and I know lots of others. I think I own 4 John Greengo classes so far and want to add this one and Travel Photography!! I just drop everything to watch John on Creative Live. I wish sometime soon he would teach a Lightroom class and his knowledge on photography post editing.!!! That would probably take a LOT OF TIME but I know John would explain it soooooo good, like he does all his Photography classes!! Thank you Creative Live for having such a wonderful instructor with John Greengo!! Make more classes John, for just love them and soak it up! There is soooo much to learn and sometimes just so overwhelming. Is there anyway you might do a Motivation class!!?? Like do this button for this day, and try this technique for a week, or post this subject for this week, etc. Motivation and inspiration, and playing around with what you teach, needed so much and would be so fun.!! Just saying??? Awaiting gadgets class now, while waiting for lunch break to be over. All the filters and gadgets, oh my. Thank you thank you for all you teach John, You are truly a wonderful wonderful instructor and I would highly recommend folks listening and buying your classes.

  • Eve

    January 2017

    I don't think that adjectives like beautiful, fantastic or excellent can describe the course and classes with John Greengo well enough. I've just bought my first camera and I am a total amateur but I fell in love with photography while watching the classes with John. It is fun, clear, understandable, entertaining, informative and and and. He is not only a fabulous photographer but a great teacher as well. Easy to follow, clear explanations and fantastic visuals. The only disadvantage I can list here that he is sooooo good that keeps me from going out to shoot as I am just glued to the screen. :-) Don't miss it and well worth the money invested! Thank you John!

  • JUAN SOL

    JUAN SOL

    January 2019

    Dear John, thanks for this outstanding classes. You are not only a great photographer and instructor, but your classes are pleasant, they are not boring, with a good sense of humor, they go straight to the point and have a good time listening to you. Please, keep teaching what you like most, and I will continue to look for your classes. And thanks for using a plain English, that it's important for people who has another language as native language. Thanks again, Juan

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