Basics of Digital Photography
Rick Allred studied photojournalism at New Mexico State University and in 1996 helped to launch the digital program at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico. He spent five years as the head of the photography department at the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center on the island of Maui, Hawaii, before returning to Santa Fe to continue teaching. Now in his 11th year of workshops, he is as inspired as ever by photography.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Rick Allred, as he guides you through the features, settings and menus of digital SLRs. Learn when and how to adjust settings such as white balance, metering modes, exposure compensation and focus modes. Start taking control of the many options available on your DSLR.
Rick demystifies the exposure triangle by detailing the relationships among shutter speed, aperture and ISO and demonstrating how to adjust your camera settings accordingly. Discover the impact you can make with soft lighting, shadows and directional light from the front, side and back. Rick also will show you a handy tip for avoiding lens flare in this lighting primer.
Become a master at capturing motion as Rick demonstrates how adjusting the shutter speed allows you to freeze action and create artistic blurs with panning. You also will learn useful tips for avoiding camera shake as Rick shares his suggested shutter speeds for different types of movement. Start taking control of your images!
Explore the relationship between aperture and depth of field and discover how changing the aperture affects how much of your photo is in focus. Learn how to change the aperture depending on the lighting, such as harsh light and shade. Discover what an f-stop is and how it affects your images exposure.
Adjusting your cameras ISO setting is helpful when you need to increase its sensitivity to light, especially when shooting in low light. See how increasing the ISO changes your photo and can create a mood as Rick discusses the pros and cons of adjusting this setting on your camera.
Take the final step toward getting off auto and discover how different shooting modes can give you a proper exposure. Learn how to use your cameras light meter and when and how to override it for even more control.
Your choice of lens will determine how much of a story you can tell. Rick demonstrates how different lenses and focal lengths affect your background. Understand how wide-angle, prime, zoom, and telephoto lenses can change the depth of your images, and make colors pop by adding a polarizing filter.
Mastering the settings on your camera is the first step to taking amazing photos; an understanding of the basic rules of composition is the next. Rick helps you develop your creative eye and gives you assignments to improve your shooting.
A lot is covered in this class! Rick helps you put the pieces together by walking you through his process of making great photos: seeing the light, framing the shot and adjusting the camera settings. Finally, he'll offer tips for media management, reformatting your memory card and editing your shots.