Join Jim Heid for an in-depth discussion in this video Charting your learning path, part of Photography: First Steps.
- Well, I got through this entire course without even using the word "selfie." Anyway, I hope this overview of photography has been useful to you, and I hope it's inspired you to learn more. If it has, have I got a website for you! Our library of photography courses is big and getting bigger all the time. Throughout this course, you've seen pieces of a lot of the courses that cover the subjects I've discussed. To help you find and explore those courses, we've created playlists that go along with the movies in this course. You'll find those playlists in our Playlist Center.
If you want to learn more about the Playlist Center and about how to add courses to your own playlists, well, we have a course for that, too. It's called "How To Use lynda.com" and it'll tell you everything you need to know. To take the next step in learning about photography, check out three courses, Introduction to Photography, Photography 101, and The Elements of Effective Photographs. Each one approaches photography from a very different perspective, and the three of them together make a great overview. As you watch these and other courses, be sure to practice.
Get out there and shoot, fire up your software and your printer, and actually work at it. We have two weekly series, The Practicing Photographer and Photo Tools Weekly, that are designed to get you to try new techniques, try new gear, and try new ways of using the stuff you already have. And our five day photo challenges are your chance to practice specific kinds of shooting under the guidance of some world class photographers. As you've seen in this course and as you'll see throughout our library, photography is always changing, with new tools and new technologies appearing all the time.
But behind all that shiny stuff is something very basic, our need to record the people and places and events that mean something to us. The tools and the toys are just the means to that end. So as you learn about photography, be sure to balance that gear obsession with actual shooting. Capture your world and then share it with the rest of us. I'm Jim Hyde. Thanks for watching.
- Essential gear, including cameras, lenses, accessories, and smartphones
- Shooting skills
- Using software to manage and edit your images
- Sharing and printing photos