- Equipment for professional photography
- Shooting indoors and out
- Finding themes
- Using textures
- Photographing products, portraits, landscapes, and architecture
- Creating a portfolio
Skill Level Beginner
- You know what I'm going to say is the very best thing about digital cameras? It's that they let you make mistakes. I mean, you can just as easily capture a gorgeous sunset scene as you can accidentally take a blurred shot of your foot and you're just as free to successfully capture a tricky and fast moving photo opportunity as you are to fail miserably while trying. There's just no penalty for failure with a digital camera. You just save the winners and you delete the rest. This is unlike in the old days where you had to pay for film and developing whether or not your shots turned out and even though I'll mostly be talking designer to designer in this course, non-designers will get plenty of good ideas and info from this course as well so stick around.
Everybody's welcome. Now, here's the oldest image in my photo library. Shot it in my front yard with my brand new digital camera and then I converted it to black and white on my computer 'cause I like that look. So I took this photo a long time ago. I was a graphic designer when I took this shot and I'm still a designer. It's just that these days I happen to be a designer who also shoots all his own photos. In fact, I haven't bought a stock image or hired a photographer since I bought my first digital camera. Now, as a designer who taught himself how to take pictures, a designer who now gets paid to take pictures both by clients and by other designers, I'm going to be teaching this course from a slightly different perspective than you might expect from other photography teachers.
Here, I'm going to be putting special emphasis on aspects of photography that I don't usually see emphasized, aspects like hey, designers, you can do this and you don't even need to understand every button on your camera before you start and who needs a photo studio with a complete lighting system? Just get out there and take some pictures, will you, and also there's a time and a place for crisp, clear and picture-perfect photos and there's also a time and a place for images that are neither crisp or clear. So let's talk photography and also let's start practicing.
That way, we can arm ourselves with the knowledge and the skills needed to capture the best images possible. Okay, I get excited just talking about this stuff. Let's dive right in.