Photography Foundations: How to Use Modes in Photography


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Once a year, my grandmother used to go down to a local photo studio to have her portrait taken, but she didn't refer to this is having her picture taken. She always said she was going to have her picture made. As a kid, I always thought that sounded little weird, but now I understand that there is an important difference between those two words. Taking a picture implies that the image is just sitting out there in the world, yours for the taking if you can just get a camera trained on it. But the fact is good photos are more often made. That is you can't simply point a camera at some scenes and walk away with a good shot; instead, you have to make the shot.

You have to come up with answers to a lot of questions, and make quite a few decisions: from composition to where you're going to stand to your exposure settings. Some images will require more decisions than others, but photography is largely a process of working your way through a lot of options. In the old days when camer...

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Modes provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Ben Long as part of the Foundations of Photography: Exposure

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