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Roadmap of the course

From: Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses

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So I'm here up above beautiful San Francisco. If you've watched the Night and Low Light course, then you might recognize this location, this is Tank Hill up above the Ashbury Heights area of the Haight-Ashbury District in San Francisco. We were here in January shooting late at night, and it was just freezing cold. We're here now in the late afternoon in October, and it's warmed up to merely icy. The fog has pulled out, though, it's very clear. We still get this 400-mile-per-hour wind that we're dealing with, which is a bit of an issue, but we've got some really cool lenses that we brought with us that we're going to be taking around town and shooting with in a lot of different ways.

Roadmap of the course

So I'm here up above beautiful San Francisco. If you've watched the Night and Low Light course, then you might recognize this location, this is Tank Hill up above the Ashbury Heights area of the Haight-Ashbury District in San Francisco. We were here in January shooting late at night, and it was just freezing cold. We're here now in the late afternoon in October, and it's warmed up to merely icy. The fog has pulled out, though, it's very clear. We still get this 400-mile-per-hour wind that we're dealing with, which is a bit of an issue, but we've got some really cool lenses that we brought with us that we're going to be taking around town and shooting with in a lot of different ways.

We're going to be going to the Golden Gate Bridge to a new Visitor's Center where we'll face the problem of trying to shoot one of the most photographed locations in the world. We'll be heading downtown to a rooftop garden where we'll try to capture some of San Francisco's urban ambiance using a few different lenses. A couple of friends of mine are putting on a house concert at their place in the mission, so we'll be going over there one evening to shoot that event. And while I'm expecting the performances to be great, they are not necessarily going to be that visually interesting, I think, so I'm going to spice things up with some special lenses.

San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers and Golden Gate Park is another heavily photographed location, but it also houses an amazing botanical collection, so we'll be packing up our macro lenses and heading in that direction. And finally, we'll be doing some time on Alcatraz, and if you've ever taken a tour of Alcatraz, then this location should be especially interesting to you because we've been given access to some places that aren't on the normal tour. Now, while all of these are really cool places, we are not organizing this course around the locations. Instead, we've organized it around individual lenses.

So, for example, if you want to know about fisheye lenses, there's a single section that covers that lens, but you might see me in several different locations during those movies. I also want to point out that I'm carrying a pretty deep bag of lenses to all of these places, and that's very often how it is with these types of specialty lenses. And there might sometimes be occasions when you know that a particular lens is going to be ideal for the specific location you're shooting in, but most of the time you'll be working in a more exploratory experimental mind set. So I'll be taking an assortment of lenses into each location experimenting with each one there and trying to find the ones that work for that particular shooting situation.

So that's my next step, I'm going to pack all those lenses into a bag and get ready for our first shoot.

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Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses

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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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