Mastering Photographic Exposure - Learn the Fundamentals
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Mastering Photographic Exposure - Learn the Fundamentals

Learn the secrets of creative exposure and turn your photos from average to exceptional with Photoshop
4.6 (93 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
14,733 students enrolled
Created by Kasia Zmokla
Last updated 7/2019
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Price: $69.99
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to use the exposure triangle to set a correct exposure in your DSLR camera
  • Key adjustments to the aperture settings in order to create your desired depth of field
  • Setting the shutter speed to introduce “motion blur” or freeze the movement
  • Efficient use the Histogram tool to improve the exposure
  • How to set the ISO for optimal image quality
  • Best practices to develop your RAW files and prepare them for further post processing in Photoshop
  • Pro tips for how to work in a targeted way with Adjustment Layers, Masks and Layers’ Blend Modes
Requirements
  • Ideally Photoshop CC, trial free version is more than enough
  • No prior knowledge of Photoshop is necessary, I will explain all the techniques in a simple way
  • We will work with high quality images provided as supplementary materials to help you move on even faster!
Description

This online photo editing course will teach you how to improve your images by mastering photographic exposure, with insider tips on how to enhance your photos further in a seamless way. You’ll learn how to take full advantage of the data stored in your RAW files to optimise your images with control and flexibility. Because technical explanations of exposure compensation may seem complicated, we make it simple and straightforward for you to master the mechanics behind a good exposure by presenting the process to you in small, easy to digest blocks.


Sharpen Your Skills

  • Perfect Your Exposures With Histogram Tool

Know the difference between a “low-key” and an underexposed image. You’ll easily grasp the nuances through in-depth explanations followed by photo examples, making evaluating your exposures with the Histogram tool simple and intuitive. You’ll be thrilled with how much easier it makes your life by providing accurate, detailed feedback on your exposure’s quality.


  • Discover The Exposure Triangle

Learning how to balance the three fundamental components of exposure — shutter speed, aperture and ISO — will forever transform your photography skills. Understanding this simple concept will help you to create a solid foundation and will allow you to take your work to the next level.


  • Non-Destructive Workflow

Learn how to combine masks and adjustment layers to maintain flexibility in your artistic process as you achieve stunning results. In no time you’ll be able to create alternative versions of one photo, or revisit your artwork in the future to bring new ideas to life with a just a few minor adjustments.


  • Express Your Artistic Vision With Creative Exposure

The medium of photography uses a visual language, and exposure is what gives it resonance and impact. Every aspect of your images communicates something — the colors it contains, shapes, the composition — and exposure can help you eloquently express your unique signature and overall artistic ideas to your audience.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to improve their images by mastering photographic exposure
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to develop RAW files
  • Aspiring photographers who want to improve their photo editing skills
  • Artists who want to introduce digital techniques into their creative process
  • Anyone who wants to develop artistic skills in fields of creative photo processing
Course content
Expand all 43 lectures 03:23:05
+ Introduction and Resources
2 lectures 03:45

This video is a quick introduction to the course.

Preview 03:41
Download Resources Here
00:04
+ Understand Exposure: Histogram & Exposure Triangle
12 lectures 52:04

In this video we will discuss the differences between the way a human eye and DSLR camera see the world.

Preview 03:30

Introduction to the Histogram Tool - very important!

Preview 07:13

In this clip we will start discussing different types of imagery in relation to the luminosity range. This video covers underexposed image and a relevant histogram.

Histogram Analysis - Underexposed Image
01:56

In this clip we will take a look at a low key image and accompanying histogram.

Histogram Analysis - Low Key Image
02:13

In this clip we will focus our attention on an overexposed image and accompanying histogram.

Histogram Analysis - Overexposed Image
02:03

In this clip we will analyse a high key image and accompanying histogram.

Histogram Analysis - High Key Image
04:28

In this clip we will take a look at a low contrast photo and relevant histogram graph.

Histogram Analysis - Low Contrast Image
02:46

In this clip we will compare the results of correcting luminosity levels of a low contrast photo on a two different files: 8 bit and 16 bit file.

Histogram Analysis - Low Contrast Image - Corrected 8 bit vs 16 bit
05:50

This video is an introduction to the Exposure Triangle.

The Exposure Triangle
02:09

In this clip we will talk about the first of the three variables of exposure: ISO.

The Exposure Triangle - ISO
05:29

In this clip we will talk about the second of the three variables of exposure: Shutter Speed.

The Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed
05:38

In this video we will talk about the third variable of exposure: Aperture. The lecture was updated with a set of new photos related to the deep focus.

The Exposure Triangle - Aperture
08:49
+ Manual Exposure
5 lectures 18:16

This is an introductory video to manual exposure.

Introduction to the Manual Exposure
01:07

In this video we will talk about camera's metering modes.

Metering Modes
04:23

In this clip we will cover manual exposure metering techniques.

Manual Exposure Metering
03:37

This clip will give you an understanding of the way camera's meter is set by default to produce a "correct exposure".

How Camera Meter Works
02:28

In this clip we will talk about manual metering and exposure compensation.

Manual Metering and Exposure Compensation
06:41
+ Creative Exposure
4 lectures 13:02

This video is an introduction  to the creative exposure.

Introduction to the Creative Exposure
02:59

In this clip we will talk about the way aperture's settings affect depth of field in a photo.

Creative Exposure - Aperture & Depth Of Field
03:56

In this clip we will take a look at examples of creative over and underexposure.

Creative Over & Underexposure
03:53

In this clip we will talk about how shutter speed affects the way movement is recorded in a photo: motion blur & frozen action effects.

Creative Exposure - Shutter Speed & Movement
02:14
+ Automatic Exposure Modes
2 lectures 07:05

In this clip we will target auto exposure modes.

Auto Exposure Modes
05:33

In this video we will talk about exposure compensation.

Exposure Compensation
01:32
+ Developing RAW File in Adobe Camera Raw
9 lectures 50:31

In this introductory lecture we will talk about the five principles that are the basis of maintaining highest quality of our work.

First Things First
05:49

In this lecture I will show you how to begin working with the RAW file in ACR.

ACR: Opening RAW File
02:48

In this video we will talk about fixing perspective distortions in ACR caused by lens.

ACR: Fixing Perspective Distortions
03:09

In this video we will target correcting an excessive noise caused by high ISO settings.

ACR: Noise Correction
09:47

In this clip we will target chromatic aberration correction.

ACR: Chromatic Aberration Correction
04:39

In this video we will talk about contrast adjustments in the image prepared in previous lectures.

ACR: Contrast Adjustments
05:57

In this clip we will perform color adjustments on our image with the Split Toning Tool.

ACR: Color Adjustments - Split Toning
08:21

In this video I will talk about selective adjustments in ACR - why I don't perform them typically at RAW stage.

ACR: Selective Adjustments
02:41

In this video we will learn about several different ways of saving our work in ACR - it all depends on our further intentions and can be quite confusing.

ACR: Saving Work
07:20
+ Polishing the Edit in Adobe Photoshop
9 lectures 58:21

This is an introductory lecture to the Photoshop edit.

Quick Intro to Photoshop Edit
01:45

In this clip we will perform local luminosity adjustments in Photoshop.

PS: Local Luminosity Adjustments
10:37

In this clip we will focus on local detail enhancements in Photoshop.

PS: Local Detail Enhancement
06:54

In this lecture we will adjust contrast in our image in Photoshop.

PS: Contrast Enhancement
04:53

In this clip we will polish color in our photo with Selective Color adjustment layer in Photoshop.

PS: Color Enhancement
12:54

In this clip we will work with a B&W and Vibrance adjustment layers.

PS: Luminosity & Vibrance Adjustments
06:40

In this video we will add a vignette to our image.

PS: Adding a Vignette
08:23

This video closes our edit - to complete our work we will perform local sharpening.

PS: Final Touches & Conclusion
06:14
Bonus Lecture
00:01