Get an introduction to the micro four-thirds format and other mirrorless cameras, including strengths, drawbacks, and shooting tips.
- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and I'd like to welcome you to this course where we'll be exploring some of the fundamentals behind working with mirrorless or micro four-thirds cameras. This is an exciting camera technology that really has led to a lot of innovation. We're seeing more flexibility, more variety with lenses and manufacturers, and new opportunities to create great images. In this course, I'm going to walk you through all sorts of things you need to know about shooting mirrorless. There are definite changes in the technology and the workflow.
Whether you're brand new to shooting, or you've been shooting on DSLRs or even film cameras, you will find that a lot of the things are easy to pick up. But there are also a lot of things that are quite different, and once you understand them, you could start making great images. First up, we'll take a look at the technology behind mirrorless cameras. How do the sensors work? Why is it called mirrorless? And what sort of changes does this mean from shooting style? We'll then explore lenses, looking at kit lenses, professional photography lenses, and specialty lenses for purposes like video or shooting wide angle.
Many chances are that you have some existing lenses that you bought, and depending upon the type of mirrorless camera that you already own, some of those lenses might make the jump. Otherwise you're going to be in the market for new lenses, and I'll give you strategies on how to choose those and what features to look for. We'll talk about some of the distinct advantages with mirrorless cameras, including lightweight shooting, smaller profile, and even the ability to shoot silently. One of the things I also love is that you can shoot with much higher frame link. This means that things like sports or shooting things like HDR can be done much more quickly, and it allows for interesting changes in how you acquire your images.
We will talk about some of the disadvantages, though. Many mirrorless cameras use smaller sensors and shooting on an electronic viewfinder takes a little bit of getting used to if you've been coming from the world of traditional DSLR where you can use the mirror and an optical viewfinder. And we'll talk about selecting a camera body, understanding things like the ergonomics and your shooting style, as well as potential flexibility by choosing an open standard. And lastly, we'll explore video workflows. Many mirrorless cameras offer great support for things like 4K video.
We'll talk about some of these innovations and what other accessories you might want to add if video capture is one of your goals. This course will serve as a great launchpad, so if you're brand new to shooting mirrorless or thinking about making the switch, you'll have a good, clear understanding of the technology challenges ahead of you as well as some of the opportunities that will impact your shooting style. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump in and get started.
- Comparing DSLR and mirrorless cameras
- Understanding sensor size and crop factor
- Exploring lens options
- Adapting lenses
- Exploring advantages: reduced cost, weight, and more
- Exploring disadvantages
- Choosing a camera body
- Shooting video on a mirrorless camera