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Many of the creative options available to a photographer hinge on an in-depth understanding of lenses. In Foundations of Photography: Lenses, Ben Long shows how to choose lenses and take full advantage of their creative options. The course covers fundamental concepts that apply to any camera, such as focal length and camera position, and shows how to evaluate and shop for DSLR lenses. The second half of the course focuses on shooting techniques: controlling autofocus, working with different focal lengths, and managing distortion and flare. The course also examines various filters and contains tips on cleaning and maintaining lenses.
If you've been shopping for a camera, you already know that there are a lot of different brands and a lot of different cameras out there. For that reason, we have made this course camera independent or camera agnostic. There is no way that we can cover the specific controls of even one brand's worth of camera. And the good news is there's no reason for us to, because the things you are going to learn here apply to any camera no matter who makes it and what technology it may have inside. Because a lot of what we are going to talk here is really just about physics and the way that light works. That said, I want to say that you are going to see a lot of Canon gear here.
Canon makes great cameras. So does Nikon, so does Pentax and so do Sony and Panasonic and Olympus and Casio and many, many others. The reason that we have chosen Canon for this course is that we have some particular technical needs for some of the things that we are going to do in our production. You're going to see large displays of the live view feed from a camera and some other things. And at the time of the shooting, we need Canon cameras to do that. Over the years, as a working photographer, I've shot with many different brands of cameras and over the years as a journalist I've gotten to review and evaluate even more cameras than that.
And I can tell you that right now, the digital camera market is completely mature. For the most part, if you go and buy a camera from one of the big camera vendors, you're going to get a great photography tool. There's no need to get hung up, there "is there a better camera that I could have gotten" or "if I had this camera, I would be a better photographer." It's the photographer that makes a good picture, not the camera. So though you're going to see all these camera Canon gear and though we like all of this Canon gear, that's not that we're advocating that Canon is the best thing to go and buy. What matters is what you do with the camera.
It's up to you to pick the camera that has the features that you think you need and an interface that makes sense to you and that delivers a level of quality that's right for the type of shooting that you do.
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