FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY MAGIC - Long Exposure & Composition

Long Exposure Photography & Composition
4.5 (19 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
134 students enrolled
$19
$40
52% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 36
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works

Discover

Find online courses made by experts from around the world.

Learn

Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.

Master

Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Course Description

For many landscape and field photographers, mastery of long exposure photography, particularly in daytime conditions, is an essential skill. For all photographers, mastery of composition and design is what distinguishes the good from the great. In this course, you will learn the same tools and techniques used by the pros to take jaw-dropping long exposure images in the field and then polish them even further using industry standard software. You will be able to use simple, powerful compositional devices and design principles that famous photographers and artists have been employing successfully for decades.

Master Long Exposure Photography, Composition and Post-production Techniques in Order to Take Your Skills to the Next Level

  • Finding and using the right cameras, lenses, tripods and filters for long exposure photography
  • Master exposure and depth of field through the three pillars of light and the exposure triangle
  • Learn the principles of art and design, so that you can use them effectively to create stunning photographic composition
  • Understand the elements of art and employ them as powerful allies in the image-making process
  • Begin the photographic journey out in the field and then go into the studio to learn first-hand the magic of post-production techniques using industry standard software such as Photoshop and Lightroom

Master Key Skills That Pros Use to Create Award-winning Landscape Photographs

If you’ve ever wondered how professional landscape photographers consistently create those knock-your-socks-off gorgeous images that get into magazines and hung on gallery walls, then this course is for you. If you love long exposure photography, but have struggled with it during daylight conditions, then this course is here to help.

The benefits of knowing how both the principles and elements of art can aid you in crafting truly amazing photographic composition cannot be underestimated. You don’t have to spend several years and countless thousands of dollars studying to get a design degree in order to learn and use these as a photographer. This course has distilled the most important concepts I have used over the years teaching design and packaged them into easy lessons you can apply immediately in the field. Many of the most famous artists and photographers of all time have used these same principles and techniques. Now you can too.

Contents and Overview

We’ll begin by comparing long exposure photography during both low and full daylight conditions to see how they each affect the image making process. I’ll use plenty of my own work as examples along the way, so that you can understand my thinking and process more effectively.

Then we’ll cover photographic gear essentials and what you’ll need to create long exposure photos anytime, but especially during the more challenging daylight hours. I’ll give you suggestions for a range of budgets and specs, so that you can find the right combination of gear for your own unique situation. You will learn about filters and the most powerful tool in my arsenal for making photos with extended shutter speeds. I make it all easy and fun.

Using the Three Pillars of Light and the Exposure Triangle, I’ll explain how to manipulate your camera settings for correct exposure, depth of field and image sharpness under virtually any condition.

The section on Composition will take you through a step-by-step mini-course on the Principles and Elements of Design, so that you can begin using them right away in your photography. You will progress far beyond the basic Rule of Thirds to become a master of compositional design. In a stand-alone section, we’ll deconstruct many of my own photographs to see what worked, what didn’t and why.

Finally, we’ll go out together for three case studies that will take us from the field to the studio for some post-processing magic. You’ll learn how to make good photos great and great photos exceptional with an easy to follow workflow in Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop. I will share with you my techniques for painting light, color, saturation, clarity and contrast back into your images. By the end you’ll be a master of the histogram, able to fix crooked horizons, replace skies and remove unwanted elements from your images.

You’ll also receive bonus material that will help you choose the right gear for your budget and needs. You’ll get suggestions and links for plug-ins that can save you time and make the post-production process more efficient.

Requirements

A DSLR, Mirrorless or other camera with the ability to change lenses and manually control shutter speed, aperture and ISO

Access to, basic skills with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, GIMP, or similar would be very beneficial, but not strictly necessary

What Am I Going to Get From this Course?

  • Over 36 lectures and more than 3 hours of video content
  • Learn to take long exposure photos in challenging conditions such as full daylight
  • Advanced composition and design principles the pros use to create stunning landscape and other types of photographs
  • Suitable for photographers of all levels
  • Visual training method that includes examples, animations, illustrations and assignments for easy, fun to use learning and skills retention.
  • Applied case studies where we begin in the field and then progress all the way to post-production image finishing in the studio using various software tools and techniques

What are the requirements?

  • Basic DSLR camera operation and access to image post production software, DSLR camera, tripod, polarizer and neutral density filters.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Produce stunning long exposure photography, use sound composition and design principles and complete basic image post production processes to create professional level images.
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning how to take those cool long exposure shots of waterfalls, or any moving body of water, that result in images of soft silky water contrasted against tack sharp land features and elements.

What is the target audience?

  • If you've ever wondered how the pros get those fabulous shots for the cover of National Geographic or Outdoor Photographer, etc., then this course is for you.
  • This course is appropriate for photographers who have a basic understanding of camera operation. Novice to competent intermediate photographers will find this course helpful in moving their skills to the level of professional photographer.
  • It doesn't matter if you're a rank novice or a competent intermediate, you'll find this course easy, comprehensive and interesting. I'll cover cameras and gear, composition, tips for shooting in the field and tons of post-production techniques you can easily employ on the computer to really take all of your shots to a professional level.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: INTRODUCTION
05:16

Course overview

What is Long Exposure Photography?

Field Photography Magic: Long Exposure & Composition INTRODUCTION
Preview
03:04
Section 2: Section 2: GEAR
01:49

- Which camera model is best?
- Camera "Must Have's" for Long Exposure photography





03:39

- Lens overview

- Full frame vs Cropped Frame

- Lens prices and quality comparisons

- Lens filter basics

- Lens specifications for field shooting situations



02:29

- Tripod overview

- Reciprocal Rule

- Weight & Leverage

- Tripod Head Mounts

03:06

- What does a Polarizing filter do?

- Stacking with other filters

06:32

- Neutral Density filters - The Magic Tool for Long Exposure shots during the day

- Comparison: Adjustable vs Fixed ND Filters

- ND Filter Scale

- Shutter Speed & ND Filters

- Manual vs Bulb Setting

- Remote Shutter Releases

- ND Filters & Depth of Field




Section 3: Section 3: EXPOSURE TRIANGLE
07:20

- Overview of the Three Pillars of Light - ISO, SHUTTER SPEED & APERTURE

- LIGHT and the THREE PILLARS

- ISO

- Controlling the light sensitivity of the camera

- SHUTTER SPEED

- How much MOVEMENT do you want to capture in one "still" image?

- How much LIGHT can be let it to make a LE images well exposed?

- APERTURE

- Opening of the Lens "Eye"

- Aperture & Depth of Field

- INTERACTION of all THREE PILLARS OF LIGHT

- Coordinated group of elements

- Which comes first and why?





07:18

SHUTTER SPEED in Long Exposure Field Photography:

- Controlling the MOVEMENT of image elements over a period of time (shutter opening)

- Controlling the amount of LIGHT during that period

- How LONG the shutter remains open

- CHART - Field Shooting Situation sample Shutter Speeds

- Shutter Speed EFFECTS - Stopping Action vs Blurred Action

- Image Sharpness & Defraction

- LE Examples


08:14

APERTURE - The "Eye"

- Key Role in...

- Correct exposure

- Depth of Field

- Image Sharpness

5 TIPS to acheive Focal Area "Tack Sharpness"

03:00

ISO - Controlling the Camera's sensitivity to Light

- Controlling Light during the day with LE photography



Section 4: Section 4: COMPOSITION and DESIGN
04:46

DESIGN PRINCIPLES

- Emphasis of Focal Point

- Unity & Variety

- Harmony

- Rhythm & Repetition

- Balance


ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

- Shape

- Line

- Space & Perspective

- Texture

- Color & Value





03:39

BALANCE

- Basic Design Principles of Balance

- Movement of focal point

- Symmetric vs Asymmetric Balance

- Compensation vs Over Compensation

- RECAP - Main Elements of BALANCE

- POSITION

- SCALE

- SHAPE

- CONTRAST

- IMAGINATION


03:07

OVERVIEW: Contrast & Tonal Range

- Creating DRAMA with Contrast and Chiaroscuro

- PATTERN & REPTITION

- LINE, COLOR & SHAPE

- TONAL RANGE& COLOR SATURATION




03:31

What is "WHITE SPACE"?

Your FIRST ASSIGNMENT!...

- Find examples of both GOOD and BAD use (or non-use) of WHITE SPACE;

02:50

LEADING LINES

SECOND ASSIGNMENT:

1) So out in the field in search of images with LEADING LINES;

2) Shoot examples of LEADING LINES that DISTRACT or DETRACT from the MAIN FOCAL POINT;

3) Have fun!

03:02

IMPLIED LINES...

When is a LINE not a line?

- Mental connection of photographic elements

- Make it work for you

ASSIGNMENT #3:

- Look through your archives...

1) Can you find images with IMPLIED LINES? How do they affect the image?

2) Shoot new compositions where you INTEND to incorporate IMPLIED LINES;

3) Find examples that both ENHANCE & DETRACT from the FOCAL POINT;

4) Have fun!







05:30

DECONSTRUCTING LINES:

Putting it all together...

- Follow your eye;

- Trust your intuition;

- Take advantage of the natural elements.









03:12

RULE of THIRDS - Design Element of the Galaxy

- Know it...

- Breaking the image into thirds;

- The 9 rectangles;

- Grid intersections;

- Moving beyond the RULE OF THIRDS





Section 5: Section 5: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER!
05:28

COMPOSITION - Putting it all together..

- Making intentional visual choices,

- Practical application EXCERCISE

05:56

EXAMPLES EXPLAINED #2


- Watch where the lines lead;


- How would you do it differently?

Section 6: Section 6: FINDING OPPORTUNITY
04:10

FINDING OPPORTUNITY...

What else is out there?

- Recognize serendipity as the GIFT that it is!

- Plan well, but be prepared to go a different direction if necessary;

- Break convention

- Watch the changing Light for possibilities.




Section 7: Section 7 : IMAGE POST PRODUCTION
06:11

Demystifying the Histogram...

- Black & White and the TONAL RANGE between them;

- Using the Histogram to visually assess tonal range;

EXAMPLE: Practical Application
08:54

CREATIVE CROPPING

- Using Adobe Photoshop Crop Tool;

- Maintaining desired aspect ratio;

- Visually exploring the options;


03:01

POST PRODUCTION TIPS & TRICKS

- Sharpening a soft focus on an image with Photoshop "High Pass" filter;

Section 8: Section 8 : CASE STUDY - LOWER LEWIS FALLS
04:08

LOWER LEWIS FALLS - Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Take a day trip, explore and have fun!

02:40

LOWER LEWIS FALLS - Setting up and Composing the shot -

- Considering exposure, setting, perspective, light, contrast... and safety;

- Varying camera angles

- Go!

13:39

LOWER LEWIS FALLS - POST PRODUCTION #1

- *Using Adobe ADOBE LIGHTROOM, PHOTOSHOP & NIK COLOR EFFECTS PRO;

- Choose your shot;

- First steps... Adult Blacks & Whites;

- Adjusting Shadow, Highlights, Contrast, Clarity, Vibrance & Saturation

- "Photo" --> "Edit in Photoshop"

- Command "J" , create layer;

- Spot Healing Brush

- Nik Color Effects Pro filter explained;





14:34

LOWER LEWIS FALLS - POST PRODUCTION #2

- Editing tonal ranges (LIGHTROOM);

- Vibrance, Saturation adjustments;

- "Painting" for image spot editing;




Section 9: Section 9 : CASE STUDY - OUTLET FALLS
03:19

OUTLET FALLS - A WINTER PHOTO EXPLORATION

- Snow & ice as photographic elements;

- Meditative, subdued imagery approaches;

- Be prepared with appropriate winter gear and footwear.

17:03
OUTLET FALLS - Post Production Fixes

- Correcting the horizon line in LIGHTROOM,

- Using ADJUSTMENT LAYERS,

- Adjusting CURVES & VIBRANCE,

- Creating a GRADIENT SKY Layer;

- SKY REPLACEMENT techniques

07:18
OUTLET FALLS - POST PRODUCTION #2

- More editing photographic elements;

- Spot Healing Brush Tool;

- Lasso Tool & Content Aware edits;

- Clone Stamp Tool

ASSIGNMENT - Try editing one of your own images by removing elements you would prefer not be in the photograph. Show someone and see if they can spot your edits.

Have fun!






Section 10: Section 10 : CASE STUDY - PALOUSE (White River Falls & Palouse Falls)
05:24

PALOUSE FALLS - Shooting a CONTRASTING LANDSCAPE

- Assessing the landscape and shooting options;

- Field work with the variable Neutral Density filter



19:35

WHITE RIVER FALLS - Painting Light into a Shadow in LIGHTROOM

- Workflow Explained

ASSIGNMENT -

- Find 2 - 4 images in Camera RAW with flat lighting and poor contrast;

- Using techniques discussed in this lecture try to improve the image and maximize the tonal range, color palette and saturation;

- Have fun!


Section 11: Section 11 : CONCLUSION
02:11

Let's Recap!

We discussed:

- Long exposure photography in both day & night situations;

- GEAR! Camera, Lenses, Tripods & Filters

- The THREE PILLARS OF LIGHT: ISO, Shutter Speed & Aperture

- Elements of Composition & Design including Leading Lines, Implied Lines

- Field Shooting situations, using Case Studies and Post Production Tips & Techniques


It's time for you to get out into the field and challenge yourself!

I've included a RESOURCE DOCUMENT with equipment and software links in the Resource Section of this course.

Ask questions! Share your work! I look forward to seeing what you do!










Section 12: RESOURCES
HELPFUL RESOURCES & LINKS DOCUMENT
4 pages
1 question

Test your understanding of the exposure triangle

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Dale Cody, Creative Director, Instructor, Author, Photographer

A Short Bio

Throughout a successful career in advertising and high tech as an award-winning Creative Director, I have provided high-profile solutions for dozens of global Fortune 500 companies. I have also continued to teach and mentor students from around the world as adjunct faculty, online, and as the first Visual Communications Dept. Chair with the International Academy of Design and Technology in Seattle, WA. I am totally passionate about empowering and inspiring others to achieve their potential and live their passion through learning. I have an MBA in Information Technology as well as two design degrees, including a BFA from the renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

As a published Author, Illustrator and Photographer, my work has appeared in print, online, broadcast and as stock for many well-known publications and organizations. I also love adventure travel and have visited more than 33 countries thus far with more in the planning stages. Aside from teaching, various creative and business endeavors, I love to rock climb, practice yoga, scuba dive and stay fit.

What do you want to learn?

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course