This video provides a brief explanation of how the human eye sees light differently than the camera sensor, and how to work with that difference.
- One of the great things about…the location of the Bay Front…is that just outside the window…are incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge.…And so you walk in here and you look out the window,…and you see that and you go,…"Wow that's a great backdrop for a picture."…And I immediately start thinking,…"This is where I can shoot portraits,…and all sorts of other stuff."…But I can't actually do that,…and sadly, neither can you.…For a very particular technical reason.…When I stand here, right now, looking out the window,…I can see detail on the window,…I can see detail outside.…That's because my eye has a tremendous range…of perception of light to dark.…
We call that dynamic range.…My eye can see a huge number…of different levels of brightness.…We do not have a camera technology…that can do what my eye can.…Watch what happens as Jacob moves the camera out here.…So now he's looking at me…and out the window.…But you can't really see either.…The camera's not exposed high enough…to see detail on my face now,…so it looks dark, even though his eye…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long details the concepts and techniques that graphic designers should know about in order to work with photography more effectively. The course begins with a look at logistical and legal considerations, from composing for a layout to budgeting to obtaining permissions and releases. Next, Ben tackles the kind of assignment you might find yourself taking on—shooting a variety of different types of photos that are required for a print piece. The course concludes with guidance on where to go next to further your photography skills.
- What's different because you're a designer?
- Knowing the final specs for a design project
- Budgeting for a photo shoot
- Planning and previsualizing your shoot
- Preparing your camera
- How the eye sees differently from the camera
- Shooting individual and group portraits
- Post-production and final product
- Finding the keepers