Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing other camera controls, part of Introduction to Photography.
- There is much left to study regarding exposure, composition, your lens, post-production; a lot of other things. Near the end of this course I'm gonna to outline a series of Lynda courses that you should work through when you're done here. With those courses you'll have the path to a fairly completely photographic education but in the meantime your camera still has a bunch of buttons and dials that we haven't talked about. It seems strange to just ignore them for the rest of this course so I want to give you a quick high level description of these various features and controls. Your camera may be different than this one in terms of how the specific controls work but you're probably gonna find things very similar to what I'm about to show you.
There is probably a control on your camera somewhere labeled WB or White Balance. If you don't have an actual button or dial for this then it might be in a control menu of some kind. This is the white balance control which lets you configure the camera for accurate color reproduction under different types of lighting. By default your camera takes a single picture when you press the shutter button but you can change that. Drive, Burst or Continuous modes will automatically fire off a burst of frames very quickly when you press and hold the shutter button. This is great for sports or nature shooters or even for portraits when facial expressions can change suddenly and very quickly.
You probably have a control with this icon next to it. This is Flash Exposure Compensation. It lets you dial the power of the flash up and down to produce more or less light. If you've been finding that your flash usually makes people look like they have radiation burns then you'll want to use this control to dial the flash power down. We've talked about the light meter in your camera. The fact is your camera might have several different kinds of light meters so there's probably a control for changing between metering types. On this camera it's this weird little icon right here.
Similarly the Auto Focus mechanism might have several different modes. For example, I can switch this camera to a mode that will track a moving subject and keep it in focus. And I do that with the AF control here. You probably also have a control for selecting which focus point the focus mechanism should use. On this particular camera that's back here on this button. You can learn all about these features and many others in the courses that I'm gonna recommend later.
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