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Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses
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Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses

with Ben Long

Video: Welcome

There are a lot of decisions that go into the making of a photograph, how to compose, how to expose, how to process the final result, but one of the most critical decisions that you'll face at any scene is lens choice. Your lens choice will impact where you position your camera, what you can include in your composition, and your lens choice will heavily impact your exposure options. Lens choice can also dramatically alter the spatial relationships of different objects within your scene. In this course, we're going to look at a number of specialty lenses, as well as some lens attachments that can modify how your regular lenses work.
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  1. 4m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Roadmap of the course
      2m 24s
  2. 3m 53s
    1. Words about focal length
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding camera position
      1m 47s
  3. 39m 19s
    1. What filters are for
      2m 37s
    2. Shopping for filters
      3m 55s
    3. Understanding neutral density filters
      4m 53s
    4. Applying neutral density filters
      3m 55s
    5. Polarizing filters
      3m 4s
    6. Some shooting tips for working with a polarizing filter
      2m 32s
    7. Using infrared filters
      9m 15s
    8. Processing the infrared image
      6m 7s
    9. Handling stuck filters
      3m 1s
  4. 38m 37s
    1. Working with ultra-wide lenses
      7m 19s
    2. Using a wide-angle lens
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding fisheye lenses
      4m 2s
    4. Working with fisheye lenses
      3m 59s
    5. Understanding fisheye exposure
      3m 3s
    6. Taking fisheye further
      4m 16s
    7. Processing fisheye and wide-angle images
      7m 38s
    8. Correcting tone in fisheye images
      3m 37s
  5. 35m 37s
    1. Understanding super telephoto
      6m 21s
    2. Shooting distant subjects
      8m 26s
    3. Compressing the sense of depth
      7m 53s
    4. Working with shallow depth of field
      5m 35s
    5. Working with teleconverters
      2m 38s
    6. Editing telephoto images
      4m 44s
  6. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding macro basics
      2m 47s
    2. Shooting close
      4m 52s
    3. Shooting macro
      5m 20s
    4. Working with a point-and-shoot for macro
      1m 58s
    5. Using a two-lens strategy
      1m 50s
  7. 16m 39s
    1. Understanding tilt shift
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting perspective
      4m 29s
    3. Creating the toy effect
      4m 41s
    4. Deepening depth of field
      3m 52s
  8. 32m 39s
    1. Working with specialty lenses
      2m 43s
    2. Using the Lensbaby
      9m 13s
    3. Working with the Lensbaby Macro attachment
      3m 50s
    4. Shooting with a Holga attachment
      3m 4s
    5. Using an alternative mount lens
      2m 18s
    6. Using super-fast lenses
      1m 47s
    7. Correcting Lensbaby images
      9m 44s
  9. 39m 48s
    1. Correcting perspective
      10m 41s
    2. Creating the toy effect
      6m 31s
    3. Getting the lo-fi Holga look
      11m 17s
    4. Reproducing the effect of a Lensbaby
      8m 17s
    5. Cropping and enlarging images
      3m 2s
  10. 2m 47s
    1. Choosing whether to borrow or buy
      2m 0s
    2. Goodbye
      47s

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Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses
3h 50m Intermediate Dec 17, 2012

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Join photographer, author, and teacher Ben Long on location in San Francisco as he explores the creative options provided by the kinds of lenses and lens accessories that don't always make it into most camera bags.

The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.

The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.

Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Photography Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Ben Long

Welcome

There are a lot of decisions that go into the making of a photograph, how to compose, how to expose, how to process the final result, but one of the most critical decisions that you'll face at any scene is lens choice. Your lens choice will impact where you position your camera, what you can include in your composition, and your lens choice will heavily impact your exposure options. Lens choice can also dramatically alter the spatial relationships of different objects within your scene. In this course, we're going to look at a number of specialty lenses, as well as some lens attachments that can modify how your regular lenses work.

In general, these specialty lenses fall into two categories, lenses designed for a very specific shooting task, and lenses that simply have characteristics that are very different from the regular types of lenses that you might normally use. With lenses like these, you can see the world in a very different way. Specialty lenses can give you a new take on old subject matter. They can add energy to otherwise static scenes or add atmosphere to an image. Most importantly, those specialty lenses often open up new subject matter, things that wouldn't be interesting when shot with more traditional lenses or sometimes fascinating when you're shooting with a specialty lens.

With the lenses we're going to look at here, you're not only getting new ways to shoot familiar objects, you'll likely find new subjects that you've never shot before. Now, not all of these lenses will appeal to everyone, but they are all worth considering. So in addition to showing you what they can do, I'm going to also offer lots of specific tips on how to get the best results with each of these lenses. By the end of this course, you'll have a much better idea of how specialty lenses can give you new shooting options, and how they can help you solve your photographic decisions in new ways.

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