Introduction to Photography

Ben Long, Award-Winning Photographer

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30 Videos (1h 41m)
    • Introduction

      2:10
    • Understanding the basics of a camera

      4:34
    • Exploring the basics of a DSLR

      4:57
    • Understanding mirrorless cameras

      2:16
    • Understanding lenses

      2:24
    • Exploring lens mount options

      2:50
    • Evaluating point and shoot and phone cameras

      2:50
    • Configuring your camera s storage options

      5:49
    • Understanding the essentials of camera configuration

      3:07
    • Understanding media

      3:04
    • Understanding exposure

      3:04
    • Understanding how your camera controls exposure

      4:27
    • Understanding the internal light meter

      4:27
    • Understanding the light meter in the camera

      3:36
    • Understanding what balance is in an image

      3:21
    • Composing using autofocus

      2:01
    • Metering and composition

      2:01
    • Understanding when to use image review

      3:46
    • Exploring basics of a good portrait

      1:53
    • Exploring camera positions and portraiture

      2:24
    • Shooting a portrait in open shade

      3:09
    • Understanding the basics of form and geometry

      10:20
    • Working the shot

      3:42
    • Exploring how exposure compensation works

      3:21
    • Understanding what clipping is in an image

      3:21
    • Reviewing other camera controls

      1:26
    • Reviewing three critical habits to adopt right away

      1:26
    • Exploring photo management and workflow

      4:47
    • Evaluating what you can do with an image editor

      2:05
    • Understanding output options for photographs

      2:05

About This Class

It takes more than a camera to be a good photographer. But with today's smart technology and training from Skillshare, it's easier than ever to learn how to take great pictures. This course, designed strictly for beginners, provides for a solid grounding in the skills and tools you'll need to explore the world of digital photography. Ben Long starts with a look at the different types of cameras on the market and guidelines for setting your camera up for success. He also introduces the theory behind exposure: controlling the amount of light that reaches the camera's sensor.

Then it's time to take to the field and examine the rest of the factors that influence the quality of your photographs, including light metering, focus, composition, and flash. Ben also introduces techniques for shooting portraits and shows what you can do with an image editor in post. Last but not least, he'll provide a roadmap for learning more with the lynda.com extensive library of photography training. The path to becoming a better photographer begins with the first step.

Topics include:

  • Exploring cameras and lenses
  • Understanding media
  • Controlling exposure
  • Composing with autofocus
  • Shooting portraits
  • Understanding form and geometry
  • Exporting and editing digital images

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Ben Long

Award-Winning Photographer

Ben Long is an award-winning photographer and senior editor at Macworld magazine. He lectures around the world.

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, and a senior editor at CreativePro.com. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming, and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House.

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