- Essential gear, including cameras, lenses, accessories, and smartphones
- Shooting skills
- Using software to manage and edit your images
- Sharing and printing photos
Skill Level Beginner
(upbeat music) - We're living in a golden age of photography. There are more ways than ever to use photography to communicate a message. To tell a story. To sell a product. To express yourself, and to capture those moments that you want to share with others, and preserve for the future. Hi I'm Jim Heid from lynda.com. In this course, we'll take a high altitude flight over the photography landscape. The goal of this course is to help you take those first steps in learning about photography. I'll outline some of the concepts that you'll want to explore, and point to some of the courses here on lynda.com that will help you explore them.
We'll start out with a look at the tools, the kind of gear you might be interested in. From cameras to lenses to the phone that's always with you. Next, we'll look at software, which plays a hugely important role on photography. You'll use software to manage and organize photos, to enhance and transform photos, and to share them, in print or online. Cameras and software tools are important, but they're only half the picture. As you learn about photography, you'll want to learn those foundational skills that will make you a better photographic communicator.
How different kinds of light convey different moods. How a series of photos can work together to tell a story. How composition can lead your viewer's eyes and point them to the subject you want to emphasize. These kinds of skills are part of the vocabulary of photography. And they apply whether you're shooting with a phone or with a high-end camera. As you learn about and practice skills like these, you may find yourself drawn towards specific kinds of photography. There are a lot. Portraits, landscapes, wild life, travel, advertising, sports and more.
Genres like these often have their own learning paths. The skills that go into shooting landscape photos, can be pretty different from the skills that go into shooting portraits. We'll talk about that too. People get into photography for a lot of different reasons. There's a personal passion, there's a full-time career, there's a way to make a little extra money. And there's a way to expand their professional skills. No matter where you are on that spectrum, I think you'll find our constantly growing library of photography courses a great resource. Let's start exploring it.