Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the next steps in your photographic education, part of Introduction to Photography.
- We're at the end of this course, but you're still at the beginning of your photographic education. There's a lot more to learn, there's more to practice, and many hours to be spent. Fortunately there are also many Lynda.com courses to help you continue your study. Here's a path that I recommend through the library. Start by watching my Foundations of Photography: Exposure course. You've seen the very basics of exposure in this course but there's much more to learn. Foundation of Photography: Exposure will walk you through all of the exposure theory that you'll need to know. When you're done with that, move on to Foundations of Photography: Lenses.
This course will teach you more about the effects of focal length and camera position on your image. You'll also go deep into depth of field, auto focus controls and a lot of other things. With those under your belt, you should move on to Foundations of Photography: Composition. Doesn't matter how good your technical skills are if you don't know how to frame up a good shot. And this course will lead you through a detailed exploration of composition and image aesthetics. Those three courses will serve as the foundation of your photographic education.
No matter what type of photography you're interested in, you need to understand the concepts covered in those courses. Once you feel comfortable with them, you can go deeper into specific areas that you're interested in. So you might opt to watch my Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light course if you tend to do a lot of low-light shooting. Foundations of Photography: Black and White will teach you a very different way of seeing the world; one that will improve both your black and white and color shooting. Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up will take you into the world of macro shooting while Foundations of Photography: HDR will explore the digital-only photographic technique of high dynamic range shooting.
Postproduction is well-represented in the Lynda Library. Your Photoshop or Photoshop Lightroom education can begin with these courses while classes on other image editing tools are also available in the library. As I mentioned earlier, if you're interested in printing, then you'll want to check out my Inkjet Printing for Photographers course. We have some camera-specific courses in the library which detail the features of specific models of cameras. Those courses work well in conjunction with the Foundations courses.
And finally, my Practicing Photographer Series serves up a small dose of photographic instruction every week. You can find a new installment on the Lynda home page every seven days. All of this study is essential, but just as important is practice, so in between all those movies, don't forget to grab your camera, get outside, and keep shooting.
Then it's time to take to the field and examine the rest of the factors that influence the quality of your photographs, including light metering, focus, composition, and flash. Ben also introduces techniques for shooting portraits and shows what you can do with an image editor in post. Last but not least, he'll provide a roadmap for learning more with the lynda.com extensive library of photography training. The path to becoming a better photographer begins with the first step. Start here!
- Exploring cameras and lenses
- Understanding media
- Controlling exposure
- Composing with autofocus
- Shooting portraits
- Understanding form and geometry
- Exporting and editing digital images