This is a series of photography lessons written for photography beginners. All you need to participate is a digital camera with a mode selector dial or menu. If you own a camera that allows you to shoot in aperture priority (Av), shutter priority (Tv), and Manual (M), then these lessons are for you. The goal is to take a complete novice and give him/her the tools to create great photos in any situation. Does that sound daunting? I am sure you can make it through. Believe it or not, learning the basics of photography is pretty easy. Photography concepts are not complicated. The most difficult aspect of learning photography is finding all the pieces of knowledge and putting them together in a coherent whole. That’s what these lessons are all about.
With this series of lessons I will lay out my photographic philosophy and techniques in the most straight forward way possible. After completion you will have a foundation for your creativity. You will know the excitement that confidence brings. Imagine having the ability to create great photos anywhere, anytime. Stick with these lessons and we’ll get there.
Also, if this course doesn’t work for you, I’ve also included a list of my favorite photography books. Check it out!
– Introduction –
Photography’s Unbreakable Core
We live in a time of massive technological and social change. I wish I could say life is like The Beatles “Getting Better” but sometimes it seems more like we’re feeling our way through the dark. While the new toys are fun and useful, I sometimes worry that our good sense is not keeping pace with the technology. Are we so enamored with the flow of fresh gadgetry that we’re making bad artistic choices? Where do we look for guidance when the same bad ideas infect everyone?
To succeed during times of disruption you must focus on fundamental laws. Understanding fundamental forces establishes a foundation. Start by identifying what’s not going to change. Your logic needs a toehold before you can start to move. So I ask myself what are the unchanging fundamentals of photography? What is photography’s unbreakable core? That’s the subject of these essays. Let’s pick out the North Star, then we can set a course across these troubled waters.
Photographer at Work
Photography is a bottomless well. It’s impossible to teach all of photography in a systematic way. Sometimes the only way to learn and to teach is in bits and pieces. The following articles show how I make decisions while making my everyday photos.
Part Four — Photoshop for Photographers
I’ve basicly given up writing photoshop lessons. There are thousands of great, free tutorials available online. However, if you are struggling to understand basic layers and masks I recommend reading my lessons. I believe I’ve created the easiest to understand intro to layers and masks available on the web.
Miscellaneous Instructional Articles
I wrote these articles before conceiving the “How It’s Done” series. They don’t really fit the theme, but you might find them useful anyways.
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