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A comprehensive training for learning the basics of photography and more, Photography 101 from SLR Lounge is an extensive tutorial containing more than 7 hours of lessons on the fundamentals of shooting. Led by professional photographers, Lin and Jirsa Photography, this video breaks out from the conventional classroom-style lesson plan and covers several different real-world shooting scenarios, all while teaching the building blocks of how to begin and understand the process of photography.
Live Examples and Real-World Imagery
Real-life shoots are used in place of classroom-style lessons, and help to reinforce the concepts of photography in a more graspable, approachable manner. Topics on aperture and depth of field are shown using models, rather than charts, and concepts on working with light are shown during a couples portrait session, rather than using imagery from an existing portfolio. By focusing on the topics at hand in applicable situations, the lessons are more effective and can easily be translated to your own workflow.
Making Images with Basic Gear
All the photos made during the lessons are captured with either a Canon Rebel or Nikon D5200 DSLR, along with standard kit lenses or basic prime lenses. Using these tools allows you to focus more on the techniques and concepts rather than focusing too much attention on specific gear camera and lens choices. Additionally, during the lighting segments, some of the tools used include a simple reflector and sheet of fabric to offer some ideas in working with basic, everyday items for producing professional-quality lighting.
For Beginners and Beyond
While designed primarily for beginners, many of the lessons and topics will also benefit more experienced photographers, such as how to get the correct exposure in one shot, how to interact with subjects to get specific expressions, various ways to modify light, how to achieve truly tack sharp photos, and some technical insights on picking up new gear. Many of these lessons will offer new advice to the seasoned photographer, or just simply reinforce and strengthen certain practices already in use.
Learn a Variety of Photography Types
Helping to learn a versatile range of shooting techniques, lessons are taught in different scenarios to help in applying the teachings to various subject types.
Learn Food Photography:
Food photography is used as a means for learning how to make macro and close-up imagery, as well as how to make floral imagery and recognize distinct lighting patterns.
Learn Sports Photograph:
Using a pair of runners out for a job as the subject, this section focuses on working with moving subjects and how to approach action photography techniques, such as panning shots and freezing movement.
Learn Landscape Photography:
Using the scenic backdrop of Laguna Beach, this section offers some techniques on producing stunning seaside and landscape images.
Learn Fashion Photography:
Helping to learn posing, lighting, and working models, this section takes you on a "boho" fashion shoot to increase your understanding of fashion photography.
Learn Couples Portrait Photography:
Following an actual engagement portrait session, this lessons highlights how to capture beautiful and natural portraits of two people.
For more candid shooting, this section shows you how to setup or recognize a scene and be prepared to photograph spontaneous moments.
Table of Contents
1. Basic Photography Concepts
1.1 - Introduction | Workshop Format
1.2 - The Camera Is Simply a Tool
1.3 - How Does a Camera Work?
1.4 - How to Adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
1.5 - Exposure Triangle
1.6 - What is a Stop of Light
1.7 - Reading Exposure Via the Histogram
1.8 - Blown Highlights or Clipped Details
1.9 - White Balance and Color Temperature
2. Understanding Exposure
2.1 - No Such thing as the Correct Exposure
2.2 - How to Measure or Meter Light
2.3 - 8 Key Points to Understanding ISO and Image Quality
2.4 - Understanding the 3 Primary Metering Modes
2.5 - How to Get Perfect Exposures in One Shot
2.6 - Equivalent Exposure but Different Images
2.7 - Compensating for Light and Dark Scenes
3. From Auto Modes to Manual
3.1 - Starting with Automated Modes
3.2 - Auto Mode and Flash-Off Mode
3.3 - Portrait Mode on a Fashion Shoot
3.4 - Landscape Mode on the Beach
3.5 - Sports or Action Mode
3.6 - Macro Mode with Food Photography
3.7 - Creative Effects Mode - Floral Photography
3.8 - In-Camera Processing
3.9 - A Glimpse into Raw Processing
4. Sharp Images and Focusing Techniques
4.1 - 15 Tips When You're Having Trouble Focusing
4.2 - 3 Primary Types of Autofocus
4.3 - Single Shot with Portrait Session
4.4 - Single Shot with Action Shots
4.5 - AI Servo with Action Shots
4.6 - Focus Recomposing vs AF Point Selection
4.7 - Shutter Speed and the Reciprocal Rule
4.8 - How to Hold a Camera and Panning Tutorial
5. Composition, Artistry, and Creating Great Images
5.1 - What Makes a Great Photograph
5.2 - How to Capture Candid Moments
5.3 - How to Find the Right Light Direction
5.4 - 5 Basic Compositional Theories
5.5 - The Power of Cropping
5.6 - Color Schemes
5.7 - Diving into the Narrative
5.8 - If It's Not Working With, It's Probably Working Against