Ben Long highlights the necessity of watching part one of this two-part photography foundations exposure course before watching this one. You should become familiar with concepts from the first part of this series before diving into this one.
- As should be obvious from the title, this course is the second part of a two-part series. If you haven't watched the first part, you need to before you continue here as we will be building on many concepts covered in the earlier course with little recap in this course. After watching the first part of this series, you should have an understanding of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and you should know what I mean when I say that those three exposure parameters have a reciprocal relationship. You should know why there are two mechanical mechanisms for controlling exposure, and you should understand what happens, both good and bad, when you raise and lower ISO.
You should know what the mode control on your camera is for, what happens when you change mode, and what the effects of exposure compensation and program shift are. Hopefully, you've had a chance to practice shooting and so have been getting comfortable with exposure compensation and program shift. More specifically, I hope you've been trying different exposure settings to see the effect that they have on your image. And finally, I hope that you've had a chance to turn your newly educated eyes on some photographic works by other photographers. Knowing how to control exposure in your camera is only half the battle.
Having perfect control doesn't get you much if you don't know how exposure can be used to improve a photo, aesthetics of a photo, knowing when shadow or highlight detail is important, understanding the compositional uses of light and shadow. That knowledge is what will lead you to grow as a photographer. We'll be looking into those topics throughout this course, but it's important to remember that active study of the works of other photographers is essential if you want to be a better photographer, and it's something you should never stop doing.
- Shooting sharp images
- Assessing your camera's high ISO options
- How aperture affects depth of field
- Lens speed
- Previewing depth of field
- Depth of field in the real world
- Manual mode
- Controlling motion
- Shooting raw
- Shooting with post-production in mind