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Intermediate Digital Photography

Refine your Exposure Triangle skills, and build on your ability to get better focus!

Experience level: Intermediate
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Pastel Spin 1 - by Tim Waite, 2013

You don't have to be perfect with your exposure triangle for this course!

This course is meant to build on and improve your knowledge!
This course builds on your understanding of the exposure triangle. You don't need to have "mastered" how to effectively use your exposure triangle! We'll continue working on how to build good exposure using the shutter, aperture and ISO, digging a little deeper into how each corner can affect the shot.

We'll take a deeper look at how to control depth-of-field, which is one of the most critical pieces of effective use of your camera to create compositions that guide your viewer's eye to the subject. Learning how the focal length, focal plane, and aperture work together to define depth-of-field will help you to understand and directly control what is in relatively sharp focus.

Making creative use of shutter speeds will be discussed as well, creating more interesting photographs through the use of various long-exposure concepts. A solid tripod is recommended to take full advantage of some of these concepts.

The most critical components of almost every photograph are exposure, focus, and composition. In addition to improving control of the shutter and aperture, both for the purposes of exposure and for creative effect, we'll also dig more deeply into our camera's auto-focus system, learning how to use the different auto-focus drive modes and your camera's auto-focus points. These focusing skills will allow you to get better focus on your subject, even if it's moving.

Along with each week's technical topic, we'll explore new ways of composition, working off of the basic rules of composition learned in Beginning Photo, we'll explore some more creative and compelling ways to create amazing photos.

Strongly Recommended
A solid tripod is strongly recommended, not just for this course, but as part of the essential gear of every photographer! There are a zillion good tripods out there. We recommend that your purchase a quality tripod with a ball head and "twist lock" extendable legs. Most good tripods these days have these features, as well as the ability to remove one of the legs to use as a monopod, and to invert the center post, so that you can actually hang the camera close to the ground, for really unique shots. Here is a reasonably-priced example of what we recommend: ZOMEi Z818C Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod on Amazon.com