Learn about prepping your camera for a shoot so there are no surprises once the photo sessions are underway.
- So we got our prototype done, we got our shot list made, we're really ready to get started with the actual shooting. We've come here to the Bayfront Theater. We got a lot to do, we got some people to work with, we got shots to get here and there. So we need to get started but before we do that, I want to talk to you about how you're gonna configure your camera. Your camera has a lot of controls, there's a lot to know about exposure, theory if you want to be a serious photographer. Fortunately your camera also has the ability to do a lot of things itself.
And we're gonna try to, buy us the camera towards making a lot of decisions for you so that you don't have to get too deep into a lot of photographic theory. Somewhere on your camera is a mode dial, it's a dial that's got a bunch of letters on it. P, M, A, S, if you have a Canon camera, then it's gonna have P, TV, AV, M, most mode dials are gonna have some little icons on them. What the mode dial does is it determines what decisions the camera is going to make and what decisions are gonna be left up to you.
Most mode dials have something on them that looks like a green box. When you're in that green box mode, that's a full auto mode, that means the camera's gonna decide everything. We don't want you there. Because the camera is also going to decide in that mode if it should pop up the flash and use it and we don't want the flash for most of the stuff we're gonna be doing, so I'm gonna recommend that for the stuff we're doing here, you want to set your camera to P mode, that's program mode. And program mode, the camera's going to decide everything from white balance and shutter speed and aperture, to possibly ISO and a number of other critical exposure decisions that need to be made and it's gonna get it right, most of the time.
As you'll see there are gonna be a couple of occasions where you might need to outthink program mode but for the most part if you stay in program mode you're gonna get good results from the work that I'm gonna show you how to do here today. You want to be sure you have enough storage to get through your shoot, your camera should have a removable storage card. If it's not empty, you wanna format it to clear it out, obviously make sure it doesn't have something on it that you still need. But you don't wanna run out of storage in the middle of a shoot, particularly if you're working with other people. Same thing for your battery, make sure your battery is completely charged.
There are a couple of other settings that you may want to look into. If you don't know the answers to the questions that I'm about to ask you then you're gonna need to find someone who knows how to use the camera or look it up in the manual. You wanna make sure you're set to auto focus. You want to make sure that the auto focus is not set to some kind of continuous or focused tracking mode, that's for shooting moving objects like athletes and wild animals and things like that. You want basic, kind of default auto focus mode. If possible, you would like to be shooting in raw, it's not necessary if you're shooting in jpeg that's fine, but you want to be shooting in the best quality jpeg, setting that you can.
You want to make sure that white balance is set to auto. You want to make sure that there are no auto bracketing features turned on, and you want to make sure that something called exposure compensation is set to no compensation. We're gonna look at that tool in a little bit. So, you'll see how to adjust it there. One thing you could do, if you're really not sure how your camera is set up, is dig through the menus and see if you see something about restoring the camera to factory defaults. That will set everything back to a pretty neutral place that's gonna be fairly safe for you to work in.
If you're working in a large company or something and you borrowed the camera from another department, it may be that it is set in some weird way so getting it reset to some sort of factory condition will probably get it back to a condition that's making the same kind of assumptions that I'm making today about how your camera's configured. So with those things all set up, we're ready to move on to the first shot.
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