Experience level: Intermediate
Pastel Spin 1 - by Tim Waite, 2013
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.
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
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.
- Successful completion of the Beginning Digital Photography course or similar understanding of the basics of photography.
- 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.