The Fundamentals of Photography
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The Fundamentals of Photography

Take better pictures every time by understanding the four foundational principles of every photograph.
4.1 (26 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.
176 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of the course, you will understand how to improve your photography through the application of the fundamental elements.
Requirements
  • Digital camera, preferably a DSLR. Most point-and-shoot cameras will work. If the camera cannot be set in manual exposure, the course will still be of benefit, but the student will not be able to apply the information in the exposure segment.
Description

Every photograph - whether taken on the simplest camera or the most advanced - rely on four foundational principles. They are Exposure and Color Balance, Focus and Depth-of-Field, Composition and Lighting. In this course, you will learn how to master these foundational elements and how to create better pictures every time.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in improving their photography
Course content
Expand all 6 lectures 01:15:32
+ The First Fundamental: Exposure
3 lectures 35:45

Every camera - from the simplest to the most sophisticated - have two controls that control exposure. In this segment, you will learn what exposure is and what those controls are.

Preview 12:33

A camera in auto exposure will be fooled by certain situations. In this segment you will learn how to set correct exposure and color (white) balance using an inexpensive exposure aid.

Exposure Part 2: Setting correct exposure.
12:05

We all like to look at the picture on the back of our digital cameras. But there is a better way to determine whether or not you exposed the image correctly. In this segment you will learn how to read a histogram and how to use that information to make adjustments in your exposure.

Exposure Part 3: The best kept secret on a digital camera
11:07
+ The Second Fundamental: Composition
1 lecture 16:03

Composition is the manner that you place objects in the frame of your camera. In this segment, you will learn the guidelines of composition and how you can make small changes to how take your photograph to make your subject more prominent in the final image.

Composition
16:03
+ The Third Fundamental: Focus/Depth-of-field
1 lecture 11:31

Depth-of-field is a very powerful tool in the photographer's toolbox. In this segment you will learn what depth-of-field is, what factors control it and how to determine its length.

Focus/Depth-of-field
11:31
+ The Fourth Fundamental: Lighting
1 lecture 12:13

Lighting is the most misunderstood, most abused factor in photography today. Good light creates dimension and mood. In this segment we cover the basics of lighting in photography.

A primer on lighting
12:13