Digital Photography: Shooting in Manual

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If you're interested in photography and taking beautiful or creative photographs it's essential to know your equipment, and how it works. Learn how to take better photographs by taking control of your camera's exposure in this 1-hour online course. In this course we'll cover the following through over an hour of video lectures, downloadable outlines, and assignments that reinforce: Exposure (shutter, aperture, and ISO) Metering, and metering modes Shooting checklist to know what to do and when Students will best learn when they take as little as a week to go through the lectures, outlines, and assignments. We recommend taking anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to complete this course. Students benefit from taking this course by engaging with the material, and putting it in to practice with their DSLR or digital rangefinder cameras. In doing so they will learn to how the camera "sees light," how to communicate their creative goals, and dial in the appropriate settings to reach these creative goals, which all leads to better exposed and more creative photographs. Students also benefit from engaging in their learning with peers, and are encouraged to participate in peer-to-peer learning by introducing themselves and starting discussions in the question area. Christine, the instructor, gives over an hour of video lectures, based on her nearly 10 years in the professional wedding photography and portrait industry. She is available by the contact form for any questions students may have and responds to questions on a weekly basis. Who is the target audience? People with their first DSLR, or rangefinder digital camera People who are frustrated at not getting the images they want out of program or auto modes People who want to take their photography to the next level
  • The 3 Essential Settings
    • Introduction to Shooting in Manual

      In the introduction we'll cover: How the course will flow How the Exposure Triangle guides us in shooting manually Overview each of the components of the triangle

    • Looking at ISO: the foundation for good exposure

      In this lecture we cover: • What ISO is • How ISO helps set us up for setting good exposure

    • creating light and focus in your photos

      In Lecture 3, we cover: • How aperture affects light • The creative aspects of aperture • How to set aperture for your desired result, whether it's a blooming flower or a wide open landscape

    • Shutter Speed: balancing light and motion in your photos

      In our shutter lecture we go over: • How shutter affects light • The creative abilities of shutter • How to set shutter speeds for your desired result, whether it's racing cars or a beautiful waterfall

  • Turning the Dial to "M" Mode
    • Metering: how your camera talks to you

      In the metering lecture we: Bring the exposure triangle together Cover how our camera talks to us Decode the linear meter inside our camera Learn how to correct our exposure when the meter tells us something is wrong

    • The Shooting Checklist: what to do everytime, for great manual exposures

      In this lecture we walk step by step through setting our exposure manually, from evaluating the light in our environment to clicking the shutter.

    • Metering Mode: refining the way you communicate with your camera

      In this bonus lecture we cover: How to get even more precision in your exposure through the camera's meter How to choose an appropriate meter mode

    • Conclusion: review and wrap up information

      In this final lecture we wrap up by reviewing: The exposure triangle What each element of the exposure triangle brings to the table How to meter for a good exposure What to do every time you shoot Plus, I show you what it looks like to walk through the shooting checklist with my camera in hand

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