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Introduction to Photography

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Get a solid grounding in the skills and tools you'll need to explore the world of digital photography.

It takes more than a camera to be a good photographer. But with today's smart technology and training from, it's easier than ever to learn how to take great pictures. This course, designed strictly for beginners, provides for a solid grounding in the skills and tools you'll need to explore the world of digital photography. Ben Long starts with a look at the different types of cameras on the market and guidelines for setting your camera up for success. He also introduces the theory behind exposure: controlling the amount of light that reaches the camera's sensor.

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 extensive library of photography training. The path to becoming a better photographer begins with the first step. Start here!


  • Introduction
1. Cameras and Lenses
  • Understanding the basics of a camera
  • Exploring the basics of a DSLR
  • Understanding mirrorless cameras
  • Understanding lenses
  • Exploring lens mount options
  • Evaluating point-and-shoot and phone cameras
2. Camera Media Cards and Configuration
  • Configuring your camera's storage options
  • Understanding the essentials of camera configuration
  • Understanding media
3. Exposure and Light Meters
  • Understanding exposure
  • Understanding how your camera controls exposure
  • Understanding the internal light meter
  • Understanding the light meter in the camera
4. Composition Basics
  • Understanding what balance is in an image
  • Composing using autofocus
  • Metering and composition
  • Understanding when to use image review
5. Portrait Basics
  • Exploring basics of a good portrait
  • Shooting a portrait in open shade
  • Exploring camera positions and portraiture
6. Additional Shoot Considerations
  • Understanding the basics of form and geometry
  • Working the shot
  • Exploring how exposure compensation works
  • Understanding what clipping is in an image
7. Camera Controls and Best Practices
  • Reviewing other camera controls
  • Reviewing three critical habits to adopt right away
8. Post Workflow and Output Basics
  • Exploring photo management and workflow
  • Evaluating what you can do with an image editor
  • Understanding output options for photographs
  • Exploring the next steps in your photographic education

Taught by

Ben Long

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