How Does a Camera Work?

Phil Ebiner
A free video tutorial from Phil Ebiner
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Lecture description

How does a camera work? This is the first step to understanding how to take better photos.

At its core, photography is about capturing light. Your camera can see bright light, and if there’s an absence of light. It can see colors too!

That light goes into your camera through the lens, which has an aperture inside, an opening that lets in the light. The light passes through the camera’s shutter which in many cameras opens when you press the ‘shutter release’ button to let light in… and the light hits your camera’s sensor, where it is digitally captured and saved as an image.

While digital photography is a lot easier than photographing with film, the process is still the same. And as one of the most important inventions of all time, we’re excited to have you in this class to learn even more.

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Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography

The Best Online Professional Photography Class: How to Take Amazing Photos for Beginners & Advanced Photographers

22:51:51 of on-demand video • Updated October 2020

  • You will know how to take amazing photos that impress your family and friends
  • You will know how the camera truly works, so you can take better photos using manual settings
  • You will know how to photograph in different scenarios like family portraits, landscapes, aerial, product, wildlife, and much more
  • You will know how to compose images beautifully with basic photography rules
  • You will know how to light your subjects with flash and natural lighting
  • You will know how to edit your photos like a professional
  • You will know how to make money with photography
  • You will know how to take better photos with your smart phones
English To start off this Photography Masterclass, you need to learn how does a camera work. This probably isn't a question you've thought about too much. With digital cameras, you just press a button and the picture appears, right? Well we aren't going to dive into a long history of photography, it's important to understand the parts of the camera and how it actually works before moving on. Nowadays, cameras are everywhere from the street corner to your pocket and while bigger more professional cameras like DSLR or mirrorless may look quite different than a smartphone, they work very similarly. At its core Photography is about capturing light. Your camera can tell if there's bright light or if there's an absence of light, it can see colors too. Light goes into your camera through the lens which has an aperture inside, an opening that lets light inside. The light passes through the camera shutter, which in many cameras opens when you press the shutter release button to let light in and the light hits your camera's sensor, where it is digitally captured and saved as an image. While digital photography is a lot easier than photographing with film, the way the cameras work are still similar. And as one of the most important inventions of all time, we're excited to have you in this class to learn even more. So thank you for being here and let's learn how to take better photos.