Anatomy of Digital Photography

Looking at the fundamentals of digital photography, exploring the camera, lenses and lighting.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed for those students who are interested in learning how to use a digital signal lens reflex (DSLR) and want to get the most out of the features inside.

The course is made up of 26 videos with transcripts for each video.

Section 1 introduces the course.

Section 2 contains two videos. One explores Ansel Adam's zone system and how this helps to gauge the tonal range within an image. The other looks at techniques used to get good composition.

Section 3 looks at the different types of cameras; types of sensors used; image resolution; how to use iris, shutter speed and iso; what camera modes are used; a discussion on white balance; and an exploration of different light metering modes.

Section 4 goes through the workings of a camera lens; explores different focusing methods; how different lenses work and when to use them; how to do close-up work and use extension tubes; and a discussion on four types of filters.

Section 5 examines lighting situations with the first video cover daylight and the second going through artificial lights.

Section 6 concludes the course, with a bibliography to help you explore further sources of information.

I see this as a starting point for the course as each area has the potential for more discussion and examples, so I intend to build on the material already included so far.

Course Structure:

  • Course introduction
  • Fundamentals of photography
  • All about cameras
  • How to use lenses on a digital camera
  • How to use daylight and artificial lights
  • Course Conclusion

Currently, the course contains about 1 hour of video tutorials.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have a digital camera. This can be a compact, bridge camera or DSLR. With many new mobile phones many of the features discuss can also be set on the mobile.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • use a digital camera
  • have a good knowledge and understanding of how a digital camera works

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for students who want to learn more about how their digital camera works

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to 'Anatomy of Digital Photography' Course.
01:30

This course is designed for those students who are interested in learning how to use a digital signal lens reflex (DSLR) and want to get the most out of the features inside.

The course is made up of 26 videos with transcripts for each video.

Section 1 introduces the course.

Section 2 contains two videos. One explores Ansel Adam's zone system and how this helps to gauge the tonal range within an image. The other looks at techniques used to get good composition.

Section 3 looks at the different types of cameras; types of sensors used; image resolution; how to use iris, shutter speed and iso; what camera modes are used; a discussion on white balance; and an exploration of different light metering modes.

Section 4 goes through the workings of a camera lens; explores different focusing methods; how different lenses work and when to use them; how to do close-up work and use extension tubes; and a discussion on four types of filters.

Section 5 examines lighting situations with the first video cover daylight and the second going through artificial lights.

Section 6 concludes the course, with a bibliography to help you explore further sources of information.

Section 2: Fundamentals of Photography
00:48

This video introduces what you will be looking at in Section 2.

02:06

In this video you will get a chance explore Ansel Adam's Zone System.

03:54

This video looks at a range of processes involved in composing a photograph.

The Zone and Composition.
2 questions
Section 2 conclusion
01:17
Section 3: All about cameras.
01:08

This video introduces the topics discuss in the following 7 videos relating to the digital camera and its functions and settings.

02:34

In this video we explore the three main types of digital cameras and the features that can be found in them.

00:58

In this video you will learn what different sensors a used in digital cameras.

03:17

This video explores image resolution and how it relates to different camera sensors and quality of image that can be captured.

06:06

In this video you will explore the relationships between the iris, shutter speed and ISO settings. How these settings are used to produce an appropriate exposure for a digital photograph and the type of affects that can occur with extreme settings. The video also, shows the effects of using neutral density filters and the problems associated with using a high ISO setting.

02:29

In this video you will learn how the different camera modes use iris, shutter speeds and ISO settings to help you with your photography. Primarily this video looks at some Canon cameras but similar features are found in other makes of cameras, so you should compare how you make of camera uses these same features. Again, this is about becoming familiar with your camera and knowing how it works.

02:53

In this video we explore the importance of white balance and how to set it in a digital camera.

03:22

In the video we look at three light metering modes and how they can be used to take photographs in different situations.

A body of knowledge with digital cameras.
7 questions
01:07

This video summaries what was discussed in this section.

Section 4: How to use lenses on your digital camera?
00:23

Introduction to Section 4 where we look at how the use lenses on a digital SLR camera.

02:57

In this video we explore the anatomy of the lens. We start with a simple magnifying glass, examining how a convex, concave and compound lens work. From here we look at the iris and revisit depth of field.

03:58

This video looks at how digital cameras use a range of focusing modes in auto-focus and how manual focus works. We also explore how you can use old film lenses using adapters.

05:18

In this video we explore how how similar focal length lenses work differently on 35mm film cameras and DSLRs. Lenses from fish-eye to long telephoto are discussed and compared relating to the full-frame film negative (36mm x 24mm) and an APS-C chips used in most starter and enthusiast DSLRs.

01:48

In this video we look at how to take close-up photographs using a macro lens and extention tubes.

02:13

In this video we look at polarising, UV and neutral density filters and how the can help you in certain photographic situations.

Testing out the glass.
7 questions
Section 4 conclusion .
01:35
Section 5: How to use daylight and artificial lights?
00:44

This video introduces section 5, where we will be exploring using sunlight and artificial lights .

01:58

In this video we explore how to use different methods of lighting using daylight and some simple assessories, such as diffuser, reflector and umbrella.

03:03

In this video we look at how to use artificial lights. Please be warned that flash lighting is used through out this video.

Shining a light on it.
2 questions
01:05

This video provides a conclusion to section 5.

Section 6: Course conclusion.
01:23

Congratulations you have reached the end of the course. This video does a final wrap. I hope you enjoyed 'Anatomy of Digital Photography. Please leave a review and I welcome any feedback you might like to give. Also, make suggestions for other videos I should include in this course.

2 pages

This pdf document contains a bibliography of all the sources referenced through out 'Anatomy of Digital Photography'. You may find it as a useful resource to further your investigation into digital photography.

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Instructor Biography

George Kingsnorth, Filmmaker, 3D Artist, Writer & Educationalist.

Experience

I have been a Media lecturer for twelve years, initially at UCE Birmingham and more recently at the Southern Regional College, where I was the Course Coordinator on the HND in Interactive Media Production and the new HND in Creative Media Production for three academic years.

My academic work involves designing and implementing courses from BTEC First Diploma Level 2 through to HND Level 5 courses; internal verification; planning and grading assignments; reviewing equipment and software needs for both classroom and studio based work; and pastoral care for students. I have also had a key role in setting up the NI SkillSet Academy between 2006 and 2008.

I have over thirty years experience in digital video, film and television, primarily as an editor but over the past twenty years also in production. I have worked for the BBC NI, UTV, RTE and many independent production companies. I have written numerous short scripts, which have been put into production and screened either in film festivals or broadcast on UK television. I have developed one of my feature film screenplays called 'The Fall' into a published novel and set up the new publishing company, Gullion Media Limited in 2008. I have been working with new authors to publish their books. To date the company has published 4 books: 'The Fall'; 'Hidden' ( both authored by George J. Kingsnorth); 'GeoCache' by Errol Bader and 'Stripping it back' by Billy Dixon.

With Jeff Marshall, as co-producer, I have written and director an award winning low-budget digital feature film called 'Fiddler's Walk'. I am currently producing a feature film called 'Monty's Quest'. In addition, I am co-producer, co-director and editor of the feature length documentary 'Bleeding Pines of Turpentine' (BPOT) about the devastation and recuperation of the long-leaf pines in North Carolina and how this has affected the local community. BPOT was the opening film at the 2nd Newry Film Festival 2013 on 16th September 2013.

Work History:

Managing Director of Youtreetv Ltd, a new company set up to produce video tutorials for on-line courses November 2013 - present.

Managing Director of Gullion Media Limited, a new publishing company Sept 2007 – Current.

Lecturer in Media Production, Southern Regional College Sept 2004 – Feb 2014 (Currently on a career break).

Course Director/Senior Lecturer – Digital Television Technology & Production, TIC Dec 2002 – Sept 2004.

Freelance Editor/Director & Managing Director Blue Sphere Productions now Kingsnorth Films Ltd Aug 1997 – Current.

Avid Editor, Callister Communications Ltd, Lisburn May 1995 – Aug 1997.

Freelance Editor/Director, Belfast, June 1989 – May 1995.

Picture Editor, Anglia Television, Norwich – June 1988 – May 1989. Assistant Film Editor, BBC NI, Belfast, Dec 1984 – June 1988.

Inhouse Productions Ltd, Manchester, April 1984 – Dec 1984.

Education: Master of Education, 2013 University of Ulster.

Master of Arts Degree in Media Studies, 2005 University of Ulster.

Postgraduate Diploma in Further & Higher Education, 2008, University of Ulster.

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Television Technology & Production, 2003 UCE.

Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Culture 2003 O.U.

BA in General Studies 1997, O.U.

H.N.D. Film & Television 1983 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.

Instructor Biography

Michael N. Kingsnorth, Open Source Architect And Developer

I have twenty years experience working in the IT industry working for a range of well known companies including broadcast. I have a wealth of knowledge working with Open Source technologies as a developer and systems administrator. In recent years I have made my living from writing bespoke solutions in Perl and PHP on LAMP platforms.

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