Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the essentials of camera configuration, part of Introduction to Photography.
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- It's easy to be intimidated by the huge number…of controls and options on your camera.…But as you learn more, I expect you'll find that most…of these controls and options are for features that…you don't even need or want.…For example, my camera has a lot of image management…features built in.…I do all of my image management using my computer…because I like having a bigger screen…and because the interface is easier.…That means I can simply ignore all of those…menu items on my camera.…Similarly, my camera can perform some image editing…and special effects, but again,…I prefer to do that on my computer.…
So, there're a lot of things on your camera…that you may not even need to bother learning.…As you explore the basis with exposure,…you're going to see that there are really only…three settings that matter when you're…actually taking a picture.…Your camera, though, might provide many different…ways to alter those same three settings.…And which method you choose, will vary depending…on your shooting conditions.…Once you've learned about those three settings,…
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