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Choosing the Right Camera Lens

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   10 Depth of Field

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About The Class

How to Choose the Right Lens for Your Camera

Once you’ve chosen the camera of your dreams, how do you know which lens will maximize your camera’s capabilities? Join camera expert John Greengo as he explains what the best lenses are to add to your camera bag. He’ll explain:

  • Which lens is best for specific areas of photography
  • The technology behind lenses
  • How to use specialty lenses including macro and fisheye
  • Tips on operating and maintaining your lenses

John will also talk about lens accessories including hoods, mounts, filters, and teleconverters. By the end of this class, you’ll understand exactly what lens you’ll need to take your best photos!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    05:06
  2. 02

    Lens Basics

    10:55
  3. 03

    Focal Length

    04:43
  4. 04

    Normal Lenses

    10:14
  5. 05

    Wide Angle Lenses

    09:24
  6. 06

    Telephoto Lenses

    11:43
  7. 07

    Lens Comparisons

    08:33
  8. 08

    Aperture

    11:26
  9. 09

    Equivalent Aperture

    04:07
  10. 10

    Depth of Field

    05:25
  11. 11

    Maximum Sharpness

    02:58
  12. 12

    Hyperfocal Distance

    09:33
  13. 13

    Mount System & Lens Grade

    04:03
  14. 14

    Lens Design

    11:36
  15. 15

    Compatibility

    17:29
  16. 16

    Lens Technology

    05:21
  17. 17

    Focusing & Stabilization

    06:39
  18. 18

    Image Quality

    04:46
  19. 19

    Standard & Super Zoom

    04:52
  20. 20

    Wide & Telephoto & Super Telephoto Zoom

    07:48
  21. 21

    Prime Lenses

    06:06
  22. 22

    Short, Medium & Super Telephoto Lenses

    05:35
  23. 23

    The Macro Lens

    07:14
  24. 24

    The Fisheye Lens

    10:24
  25. 25

    The Tilt & Shift Lens

    10:59
  26. 26

    Filters

    06:34
  27. 27

    Lens Hoods

    04:02
  28. 28

    Tripod Mount

    02:42
  29. 29

    Extension Tubes

    03:26
  30. 30

    Teleconverters

    03:11
  31. 31

    Making a Lens Choice

    04:15
  32. 32

    The Portrait Lens

    08:44
  33. 33

    The Action Lens

    11:23
  34. 34

    The Landscape Lens

    06:51
  35. 35

    Lens Maintenance

    09:40

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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  • E.L. Bl/Du

    E.L. Bl/Du

    August 2018

    John is one of the best instructors Ive watched. he's clear, concise, and gets right to the point. His display's and diagrams are so great, he makes very complicated subjects easy to understand, and fun. He holds your attention and interest b/c everything he says is valuable. This really helped me understand the vast complicated world of lenses. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who doesnt know what hyperfocal distance is.

  • Boris Dimitrov

    Boris Dimitrov

    January 2018

    Excellent class packed with incredibly useful knowledge. John is an amazing lecturer. He has also developed really great materials to help explain all the concepts and technologies that are explored in the class. Looking forward to my next class with him!

  • Creativelive Student

    January 2018

    Great class. So informative. John Greengo is such a fantastic tutor and explains everything in such and easy-to-understand way. I would highly recommend this class. Prior to doing this class, I was so confused about which lenses are best for various photography. Now I understand lenses completely. Thanks John!

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