Experience level: Beginner/Intermediate
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From the Beginning Digital Photography course - by Anna Skillings, 2015
For photographers with cameras capable of full manual mode, this course will build the foundation for your understanding of how exposure works, and how each element of exposure affects the others. You will learn about shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and how each can affect your photos. Most people finish this course being completely comfortable using their camera in Manual mode.
Not sure if your camera allows you full manual control? Read this page for assistance.
During the first part of each class we will spend some time with a technical topic, building on our knowledge of the camera's basic functionality.
The next part of each class will explore composition, helping you to understand how to take more interesting and dynamic photos. Topic like the Rule of Thirds will help you build the foundation for thinking about composition when setting up your shots.
The last part of each class will be spent sharing the previous week's photo assignment. We will discuss the technical and creative merits of each photo, and how it may have been improved, or what specifically "worked" for each image.
Here are some of the things we'll cover:
- Exposure Triangle
- Shutter Speed
- ISO or Sensor Speed
- Focal Length
- Prime & Zoom Lenses
- White Balance
- RAW vs JPEG File Formats
- Basic Lighting Concepts
- A DSLR (Digital SLR) camera, or one that allows complete control over shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Feel free to contact me to see if your camera would satisfy the requirements for the course.
- Having your camera's manual is strongly encouraged; I know how a great many of the current cameras function, but sometimes we'll need to look-up a particular topic in the manual.
- Make sure you have a charged battery for each class.
What is a "DLSR"? For the purposes of this course, a DSLR camera is any camera that will allow you full control over the three main means of regulating exposure: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
The true definition of a DSLR is a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, or a camera that allows the user to see exactly what the view through the lens looks like, by using a mirror to redirect the light entering the lens up to the viewfinder. This mirror springs upward when the photo is taken, to allow the light entering the lens to fall on the image sensor. Typically, we associate DSLR cameras with the ability to use interchangeable lenses. DSLRs also tend to be bulkier and heavier than "point and shoot" or compact cameras, but they typically offer better image quality and more flexibility through the interchangeable lens system.