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How I view photography

From: Digital Photography Principles: The Camera

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Well before I get into talking about buttons and menus and particular types of hardware, I would like to cover a little bit about my view of photography in terms of how I use these different types of cameras. Compact cameras I just think are very important. Digital SLRs, which definitely have their place in the photography world, and then mobile devices. Now all of these are important tools and we are going to cover them all. I want to show you some examples of photos that I have taken with each type just to give you an idea of how I use these different cameras. This first one, for example is a cloud shot through an airplane window. We have all seen this shot but because I had a compact camera in my pocket, I was able to pull it out and put it up against the glass and get the shot.

How I view photography

Well before I get into talking about buttons and menus and particular types of hardware, I would like to cover a little bit about my view of photography in terms of how I use these different types of cameras. Compact cameras I just think are very important. Digital SLRs, which definitely have their place in the photography world, and then mobile devices. Now all of these are important tools and we are going to cover them all. I want to show you some examples of photos that I have taken with each type just to give you an idea of how I use these different cameras. This first one, for example is a cloud shot through an airplane window. We have all seen this shot but because I had a compact camera in my pocket, I was able to pull it out and put it up against the glass and get the shot.

If I didn't have a compact or if it weren't a compact shooter, I probably would have missed the shot. Compacts are also great because their accessories are usually cheaper. So for example, I can get underwater housing for my compact camera for far less than a Digital SLR. And for just a few hundred bucks put on my flippers and go snorkeling and come away with some terrific underwater shots. If I had to depend on a Digital SLR only, I probably wouldn't make that investment but because it's affordable and easy to do compact again helps get the shot.

There are times however when I need what a Digital SLR can do. And one of those times is for wide angle shots. Compacts are notorious for not having very wide lenses. Digital SLR you can basically get as wide a lens as you can afford. I needed a 17 mm lens to get this shot. I could not have gotten it with the compact and so that's why I had to pull up the Digital SLR and come away with this shot that I really like a lot. The other end of the focal lens spectrum is important too for Digital SLR. And that's where you have the reach.

You need the reach to get the shot. I needed every bit of the 300 mm lens that I had on my Digital SLR to take a picture of these sheep in Iceland. Again I don't think I would have come away with as compelling a shot with a compact, plus the Digital SLR responds faster. I had to grab the shot right when it was ready, just a second or two later the shot was gone. With a compact I probably would have missed it. And then the other thing I really like about Digital SLRs is they have less image noise at the higher ISOs.

I had to raise the ISO a little bit for this shot in order to get it. With a compact camera you would have a seen a lot more noise in the sky than it shows up with a Digital SLR. And so that cleanness is another advantage and the reason why they are very important. Now mobile devices I think are very important and a lot of times people overlook some of their true value which is their data capture. One of the first things I do when I get out of the car is take a picture of where I parked. So that way when I come back hours later, or sometimes days later if you park at the airport, and I don't have to worry about wandering around aimlessly in a parking garage.

And they're also good for just you know capturing information. Phone numbers, websites, what time things open and close, mobile devices are terrific for these. Why takes notes when you can take a picture? Mobile devices have their place along with compacts and the SLR cameras. Before I actually get into pushing buttons and working menus and so forth I have a few little foundations pieces, a few photography basics I want to cover. We are going to do that next and then we will just keep on rolling.

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Digital Photography Principles: The Camera

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      34s
    2. How I view photography
      3m 21s
  2. 5m 5s
    1. Camera sensors
      1m 55s
    2. Depth of field
      49s
    3. Shutter speed
      45s
    4. Camera size
      1m 36s
  3. 7m 15s
    1. Your camera manual
      1m 33s
    2. Anatomy of a compact camera
      3m 13s
    3. Anatomy of a DSLR camera
      1m 12s
    4. Anatomy of a mobile device
      1m 17s
  4. 8m 34s
    1. The lens
      1m 53s
    2. The shutter release
      1m 19s
    3. The LCD and rear controls
      2m 36s
    4. Power and memory
      2m 46s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. The lens: Prime vs. zoom
      1m 20s
    2. The lens: Stabilization
      1m 46s
    3. The lens: Maximum aperture
      1m 23s
    4. Lens filters and hoods
      1m 53s
    5. Shutter release
      46s
    6. Zoom Lenses
      1m 12s
    7. Top panel controls
      1m 13s
    8. LCD and rear controls
      1m 54s
    9. Power and memory
      1m 22s
  6. 26m 22s
    1. Core exposure modes
      5m 55s
    2. Scene modes in compact cameras
      9m 21s
    3. Zone exposure modes in DSLRs
      4m 8s
    4. Exposure compensation
      2m 24s
    5. Exposure bracketing
      4m 34s
  7. 23m 8s
    1. Metering patterns
      4m 38s
    2. ISO speed
      4m 46s
    3. White balance
      6m 8s
    4. Histograms
      7m 36s
  8. 4m 31s
    1. Focusing options
      4m 31s
  9. 5m 40s
    1. Flash modes
      3m 47s
    2. Flash compensation
      1m 53s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Single shot drive mode
      42s
    2. Continuous drive mode
      3m 13s
    3. Self-timer drive mode
      3m 19s
  11. 24m 48s
    1. Image stabilization
      5m 21s
    2. Auto red-eye reduction mode
      3m 14s
    3. Aspect ratios
      4m 0s
    4. Panorama mode
      2m 48s
    5. Macro mode
      2m 27s
    6. Face detection
      1m 30s
    7. Digital zoom
      2m 35s
    8. Movie mode
      2m 53s
  12. 25m 25s
    1. Resolution and image quality
      6m 3s
    2. File formats
      5m 23s
    3. File numbering options
      1m 37s
    4. Date and time
      6m 47s
    5. Erasing Options
      5m 35s
  13. 19m 41s
    1. Photo playback
      2m 21s
    2. Movie playback
      4m 30s
    3. Uploading to a computer
      9m 24s
    4. Direct printing
      3m 26s
  14. 23m 13s
    1. The Traveler kit
      8m 11s
    2. The Weekend Warrior kit
      5m 59s
    3. The Aspiring Professional kit
      9m 3s

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