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Foundations of Photography: Exposure
Illustration by Petra Stefankova

Foundations of Photography: Exposure

with Ben Long

Video: Welcome

Hi! My name is Ben Long, and welcome to "Foundations of Photography: Exposure." I'm standing out here in this spectacular location. I've got my camera with me. The beauty of the modern digital camera is that whether you shoot with a digital SLR, a point-and-shoot or a cell phone camera, your digital camera can make all of the critical exposure and image quality decisions for you. But even the best auto system in the world has no way of knowing what image it is that you have in mind when you take a shot. For example, if you are shooting a fast-moving subject, your camera can't decide on its own whether that subject should be frozen or blurred.
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  1. 8m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 56s
    2. What is exposure?
      4m 8s
    3. A word about camera brands
      2m 40s
  2. 9m 32s
    1. What is a camera?
      2m 53s
    2. The shutter
      3m 53s
    3. The aperture
      1m 33s
    4. Exposure defined
      1m 13s
  3. 13m 50s
    1. Modes
      2m 7s
    2. Pressing the shutter button
      2m 54s
    3. Autofocus
      5m 22s
    4. Light metering
      2m 3s
    5. White balance
      1m 24s
  4. 29m 26s
    1. Shooting sharp images
      1m 58s
    2. Noting shutter speed
      4m 3s
    3. Taking control of shutter speed
      1m 30s
    4. Stop defined
      2m 50s
    5. Shutter priority mode
      4m 34s
    6. Exercise: Shutter speed
      40s
    7. Reciprocity
      3m 13s
    8. Controlling motion
      7m 8s
    9. Shutter speed increments
      2m 21s
    10. Exercise: Go work with shutter speed
      1m 9s
  5. 26m 3s
    1. Depth of field
      1m 53s
    2. How aperture is measured
      2m 42s
    3. Aperture priority mode
      4m 57s
    4. Lens speed
      53s
    5. Shooting deep depth of field
      3m 53s
    6. Shooting shallow depth of field
      2m 50s
    7. The depth-of-field preview button
      4m 24s
    8. How shallow should you be?
      2m 47s
    9. Exercise: Go work with aperture
      1m 44s
  6. 16m 26s
    1. ISO: The third exposure parameter
      6m 27s
    2. Assessing your camera's high ISO
      5m 32s
    3. Shooting in low light
      3m 32s
    4. Exercise: Shooting in low light
      55s
  7. 14m 30s
    1. White balance controls
      5m 37s
    2. Adjusting white balance manually
      4m 25s
    3. Shooting raw
      4m 28s
  8. 6m 3s
    1. How light meters work
      1m 47s
    2. Why are there different modes?
      4m 16s
  9. 33m 59s
    1. Exposure compensation
      4m 0s
    2. Intentional overexposure
      2m 40s
    3. Intentional underexposure
      1m 42s
    4. Controlling tone
      2m 31s
    5. The histogram
      10m 4s
    6. Real-world histograms
      5m 49s
    7. Tone and color
      2m 16s
    8. Auto exposure bracketing
      3m 58s
    9. Exercise: Go work with exposure compensation
      59s
  10. 12m 56s
    1. Dynamic range
      2m 24s
    2. Exposing for highlights
      4m 15s
    3. Fill flash
      3m 11s
    4. Three solutions to the same problem
      3m 6s
  11. 12m 26s
    1. Manual mode
      2m 6s
    2. Manual mode and light meters
      4m 52s
    3. Manual exposure exercise
      5m 28s
  12. 12m 1s
    1. Custom modes and A-DEP
      1m 39s
    2. Program shift
      3m 52s
    3. Exposure compensation with program shift
      1m 58s
    4. An exercise in reciprocity
      53s
    5. Scene modes and in-camera processing
      3m 39s
  13. 8m 16s
    1. Shooting with post production in mind
      3m 46s
    2. Exposure strategy
      3m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      39s

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Foundations of Photography: Exposure
3h 24m Appropriate for all Dec 23, 2010

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Arriving at the best exposure for a photo is part science and part art. In Foundations of Photography: Exposure, Ben Long helps photographers expand their artistic options by giving them a deep understanding of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and all other critical exposure practices. This course covers the basic exposure controls provided by all digital SLR cameras, as well as most advanced point-and-shoot models. Learn how to master a camera's metering modes, how to use exposure compensation and bracketing, and much more. By the end of the course, you'll know how to develop an "exposure strategy" that will allow you to effectively employ your exposure knowledge in any shooting situation.

Topics include:
  • What is exposure?
  • Exploring camera modes
  • Light metering
  • Shooting sharp images
  • Controlling shutter speed
  • Understanding f-stops
  • Controlling motion
  • Working with a shallow depth of field
  • Measuring aperture
  • Shooting in low light conditions
  • Performing manual light balance
  • Working with the histogram
  • Using fill flash
  • Understanding reciprocity
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Ben Long

Welcome

Hi! My name is Ben Long, and welcome to "Foundations of Photography: Exposure." I'm standing out here in this spectacular location. I've got my camera with me. The beauty of the modern digital camera is that whether you shoot with a digital SLR, a point-and-shoot or a cell phone camera, your digital camera can make all of the critical exposure and image quality decisions for you. But even the best auto system in the world has no way of knowing what image it is that you have in mind when you take a shot. For example, if you are shooting a fast-moving subject, your camera can't decide on its own whether that subject should be frozen or blurred.

Similarly, when you are shooting a portrait, your digital camera can't decide on its own whether the background should be blurred out or rendered sharp. Or maybe you are tired of seeing a scene like this, but coming home with a picture like this. To get the image that you want, you have to override your camera's decision-making process, and the key to knowing how to take control of your camera is an understanding of exposure. So, despite the mammoth level of 21st century technology in your camera, you still need to understand the basics of exposure theory that all photographers a hundred years ago had to learn.

Because even though your camera has substantially more computing power than the Apollo Astronauts took to the moon, its still doesn't necessarily have taste. Learning exposure theory doesn't mean that you are going to abandon the automatic features of your camera. I am a big fan of auto modes. I use them regularly. Having an understanding of exposure theory is going to help you understand when you need to override your automatic settings. Light and shadow are the building blocks of good images, and as you learn more about how to control light and tone, you will begin to recognize potential shots that you may not be noticing now.

This course is for anyone with a digital camera; however, you will get more out of it if you have more manual controls on your camera. Your exposure education kicks off in the next lesson with a discussion of what exactly we mean by "exposure."

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