Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing three critical habits to adopt right away, part of Introduction to Photography.
- We've just scratched the surface of the technical and creative discipline that is shooting. However, you can take a lot of great photographs with the things we've covered so far. Right now, the most important thing is for you to internalize and develop three critical habits that will be the foundation of your shooting for the rest of your photographic life. First, half-pressing the shutter button. That must become instinct. No more missed shots because you didn't pre-focus and meter. Second, you have to stay aware of shutter speed. You don't have to look at it on every shot, only when the light has changed in a way that might impact the shutter speed.
Third, you have to work your shots. You have to move around, you have to experiment, you got to reframe. Photographs are found as much as they are taken or made. As much as you may think you know where the best shot is, it's very possible there's a better one that will reveal itself once you start moving around. Or, as much as you think that there's no photo to be had in a particular place, you might be surprised once you start working it. I said earlier that auto mode is a great learning tool because it handles the technical stuff for you, and that's true. Before automatic metering we would have had to cover many more tehcnical concepts and ideas before we could ever shoot a single frame.
But, now we've already been able to go out and practice some composition. That doesn't mean that auto mode is only for beginners. There are times when it's the best way to shoot, no matter what your skill level. With auto mode, and what you know right now, it is possible to take some extraordinary images.
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