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I divide the teaching of photography into two major categories of instruction, artistry and craft. Artistry is the study of all of that ephemeral stuff that goes into making a good photo. Learning to see, exploring your emotional response to a scene and learning how to translate that into the vocabulary of photography. There is nothing magical about artistry. It's an intellectual process that you can learn. Craft skills are what you employ to realize your artistic ideas. In the case of photography, they're basically that button pushing skills, knowing how to focus, knowing how to configure your camera for a particular types of light, how to ensure that your image is bright enough that you've captured motion the way that you want, and so on and so forth.
In this course, we're going to be studying craft. Specifically the craft skills required to use your particular camera and in this course we'll be assuming a certain level of understanding of basic photographic theory. For example, in showing how your camera's program Shift feature might work, I might say that it cycles through all reciprocal exposures for a given metering of a scene. If you don't know what I'm talking about, if you don't understand what a reciprocal exposure is or what it means to meter a scene, then you're going to need to take a look in an additional lynda.com course.
We'll put up graphics anytime there is a complementary course that will lead you deeper into the theory that's being discussed. This course also assumes that you know nothing about your camera. We're going to start with the assumption that you've just pulled your camera out of the box and you want to get shooting as quickly as possible. That's easy enough thanks to auto modes. We will build your understanding from there by delving into more advanced features as we go along. If you use this course and those complementary courses that we'll be pointing you to, you'll get full instruction in both the art and craft of photography and your craft lessons will be built around your specific camera.
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