So how can we truly learn what photography is? For me, the best way to learn is by doing. So in this page, I've collected a few excellent and well-made photography tutorials to help you get started on learning what photography is. You can follow along with these tutorials using your own digital camera. These free video tutorials are from different online photography classes from lynda.com - one of the best online training providers in the web today. These online photography classes range from the beginners to the intermediate levels.
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What is Photography? - Online Photography Classes
Foundations of Photography: Exposure - Online Photography Classes
In Foundations of Photography: Exposure, Ben Long helps photographers expand their artistic options by giving them a deep understanding of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and all other critical exposure practices. This course covers the basic exposure controls provided by all digital SLR cameras, as well as most advanced point-and-shoot models. Learn how to master a camera's metering modes, how to use exposure compensation and bracketing, and much more. By the end of the course, you'll know how to develop an "exposure strategy" that will allow you to effectively employ your exposure knowledge in any shooting situation.
What is exposure?
A word about camera brands
What is a camera?
Pressing the shutter button
Shooting sharp images
Noting shutter speed
How aperture is measured
Shooting deep depth of field
ISO: The third exposure parameter
Foundations of Photography: Lenses - Online Photography Classes
In Foundations of Photography: Lenses, Ben Long shows how to choose lenses and take full advantage of their creative options. The course covers fundamental concepts that apply to any camera, such as focal length and camera position, and shows how to evaluate and shop for DSLR lenses. The second half of the course focuses on shooting techniques: controlling autofocus, working with different focal lengths, and managing distortion and flare. The course also examines various filters and contains tips on cleaning and maintaining lenses.
Why does the lens matter?
Foundations of Photography: Black and White - Online Photography Classes
In Foundations of Photography: Black and White, Ben Long shows photographers how to develop a black and white vocabulary and explains the considerations to take into account when shooting for this medium. The course follows Ben as he goes on location and explains what makes good black and white subject matter and how to visualize the scene in terms of tonal values and contrast rather than color. Along the way, he demonstrates some exposure strategies for getting the best images. Back at the computer, Ben demonstrates techniques for converting the resulting photos into black and white using Photoshop and other imaging tools, and offers tips on printing and output.
Why black and white?
How gray corresponds to color
Foundations of Photography: Composition - Online Photography Classes
In Foundations of Photography: Composition, photographer and author Ben Long explores the concepts of composition, from basics such as the rule of thirds to more advanced topics such as the way the eye travels through a photo. This online photography class addresses how the camera differs from the eye and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view. Ben also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques. Interspersed throughout the course are workshop sessions that capture the creative energy of a group of photography students; shooting assignments and exercises; and analyses of the work of photographers Paul Taggart and Connie Imboden.
What is composition?
Looking vs. Seeing
Finding and capturing a good photo
Exploring a town
Working a shot, revisited
Thirds: How rectangular frames are weighted
It's the light
Assignment: Finding light
Training Courses for Specific Digital SLR Models
If you own any of the specific digital SLR cameras below, you can click on the links so you can watch more free training videos for each model.
Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X-5)
Shooting with the Nikon D5100
Shooting with the Canon 60D
Shooting with the Nikon D7000
For those of you who have a compact, point-and-shoot camera, learn how to get pro results with them from this video training course:
Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera - Online Photography Classes
In Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera, photographer Derrick Story shows how to use a compact camera to take photos that rival those of far more expensive cameras. In this online photography class, Derrick shows how to get the most out the camera's lens as you shoot wide-angle, telephoto, and even macro shots. Derrick also discusses the camera's exposure system and clarifies the differences among ISO settings and scene modes. He also shows how to get the best pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, including making judicious use of the flash to supplement existing light.
Using sunglasses as a polarizer - Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera
Shooting telephoto shots - Getting Pro Results from a Compact Camera
So I hope these videos have shed some light on the question: "what is photography?". If you're interested in seeing more of these online photography classes, then sign up for a lynda.com membership today!