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By Jim Heid | Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Foundations of Photography series looks at concepts and techniques

This week, we published Foundations of Photography: Exposure, an in-depth look at the concepts and techniques behind photographic exposure—from shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to depth of field, histograms, and reciprocity.

Author and photographer Ben Long, whose first course was Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, shows how going beyond your camera’s auto-everything mode is an essential step to improving your photography. Indeed, one of Ben’s key messages is that once you really understand your exposure options, you can take advantage of them to get the kind of creative results you want.

Ben’s course is the first in our new Foundations of Photography series, which examines aspects of photography that go beyond specific cameras or specific versions of Photoshop or Lightroom. We think it’s as important to master these foundations as it is to master the latest versions of Photoshop, Lightroom, and other software tools.

One of our resolutions for the new year is to complement our tool-oriented courses with new courses that teach photographic foundations, that let you tag along with professional photographers and understand their technical and creative processes, and that combine instruction and inspiration.

Foundations of Photography: Exposure is the first of this new breed. Please let us know how you like it, and let us know what other types of foundational topics you’re interested in—not only in photography, but in other areas, too.

Happy New Year!

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