The Fundamentals of Photography
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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.
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|Section 1: The First Fundamental: Exposure|
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.
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.
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.
|Section 2: The Second Fundamental: Composition|
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.
|Section 3: The Third Fundamental: Focus/Depth-of-field|
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.
|Section 4: The Fourth Fundamental: Lighting|
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.
You could say photography is my life - and that would be only a slight exaggeration. I have been involved in photography since the age of eight and have been a full-time professional photographer since 1989. I have had numerous articles published in the professional photography press and served as president of the Metro Professional Photographers Association. I have spoke to several photography organizations ranging from large conventions full of professionals to small groups comprised of hobbyists. I have won ribbons, awards and plaques that occupy a wall and I am certified by the Professional Photographers of America. I have worked in darkrooms, photo-labs and studios; and have operated just about every kind of camera ranging from pinhole cameras to 4x5 (film) view cameras. If it has to do with photography, I've probably heard about it or read about it.