So, you got a digital camera? Now what? This course will tell you everything you need to know about your new digital camera. How do you use it? How do I share my photos? What accessories do you need right now, and what can you hold off on? What are the editing software options to get you started And where to go from there? Syllabus ?
Joel Kinison “ Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. –Henri Cartier-Bresson Your First PhotosWeek 1: Basics of Digital Photography ? Check out more of Hákon’s work atPhotoQuotes.com and www.Imageree.com.
Overview Seeing like a camera? History of photography Understanding the process Class introduction Getting started Flickr.com
Seeing Like a Camera What is Photography? Traditional vs Digital Photographs tell a story, arouse an emotion or evoke a mood ?
Photography is Vision Vision – Paragraph analogy Snapping a camera is trivial Study painting Envision the photograph(light, color, composition)
Photography is Observation Give life and breath to the stories you capture and the beauty you create. Defines an average photo vs a captivating photo Techniques of observation Analyze an object View from different perspective See the visual elements The skills of observation will enable you to combine all elements and arrange them to reinforce the storytelling strength of your image.
Photograph Style Not something you try to “settle” on. Style should gradually change throughout your photographing experiences. A personal style is a unique and personal way of seeing Every man's work is always a portrait of himself. Ansel Adams, Carmel, California, 1979 What do I want to photograph? -How do I want to photograph my chosen subject?
History of Photography
Main Function of Art Albert Bierstadt's Among the Sierra Nevada, Californiasymbols of hearth and abundance http://www.artchive.com/artchive/B/bierstadt.html#images
Union Pacific Railroad- 1869 Document the scenery along for promotional purposes Thomas Moran – painter Expeditions meant to chart the largelyunexplored west
William Henry Jackson Worked with multiple cameras and plate sizes, under conditions that were often incredibly difficult. Coated, exposed, and developed onsite Exposures were guesswork
William Henry Jackson Photographic evidence of western landmarks that had previously seemed a rumor William Henry Jackson,TheBehive Group of Geysers/Yellowstone Park
William Henry Jackson: Tower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, c.1892. Albumen print
The Harvest of Death by T. H. O'Sullivan.
"The smack seen around the world (photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Time Life. )
Blue Marble, taken from Apollo 17 in 1972. It is thought to be one of the most widely distributed photograph
Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Ansel Adams
Full Moon over Half Dome" Yosemite John Harrison http://www.jharrisonphoto.com/gallery/2742949_XSVvV/1/146002306_L98mR/Medium
Types of Photography Advertising photography Fashion and glamour photography Crime Scene Photography Still Life photography Food Photography Editorial Photography Photojournalism Portrait Photography Wedding Photography Fine Art Photography Landscape Photography Wildlife Photography ?
Photojournalism U.S. Airways flight 1549, January 15, 2009 Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness Twitter – micro blogging web site. Social messaging. Brought down the Twitter server
Photojournalism Scout Tufankjian, President BarackObama's photographer. First official presidential photography that was taken with a digital camera Canon 5D Mark II
Envisat Captures California Ablaze
Earthquake Victims Take to Stadium http://news.nationalgeographic.com
Art Form http://www.timfitzharris.com/
Image Manipulation Jill Greenburg
Future Mars Rover – Sprit (Spirit's West Valley Panorama)
Infrared Photography In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light.
High Dynamic Range Imaging HDR is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range between light and dark areas of a scene.
Camera Discussion and Class Introduction
Why Digital? Digital is equal to or better than film Once captured in a format easy to share Example: Insert into a Word document Print from Kiosk Upload to web Send via e-mail
More Reasons… Instant view of photo Faster publication – no more waiting Saves money in the long run View and edit photos before printing Non-toxic Video & audio Edit photos with software
Understanding the Process To understand how the camera fits in with other parts of the digital workflow, it helps to understand the three basic steps involved in creating and using digital photographs—capturing, editing, and sharing
Step 1: Capturing Use automatic or manual choices of exposure and focus Digital cameras capture photographs in a digital format. Film cameras capture photographs on slides, negatives, or prints which you can then scan to convert them to digital photographs. Video cameras capture images in a video format. You can then use a frame grabber to isolate out individual frames and save them as still images.
Step 2: Editing Once a photograph is in digital form, you can store it on your computer and then edit or manipulate it with a photo-editing program such as Photoshop. The things you can do to a digital image are almost endless. Crop, rotate Fix color, contrast Eliminate or reduce flaws Sharpen Adjust an image for other purposes, perhaps to make it smaller for e-mailing or posting on a Web site.
Step 3: Sharing More options now than ever before Print the image on a color printer. Insert into a word processing or desktop publishing document. Post on a photo sharing Web site or a blog. E-mail to friends or family members. Send to a service on the Web for prints. Store the photograph on your computer or CD for later use. Backup DVD/CD External hard drives Online (http://www.carbonite.com/) $55 YR.
Basics: The Camera LCD Screen Viewfinder or LCD Choose a resolution and file type Check batteries Insert memory card Set the menu options Hold the camera steady Take the picture
Holding the Camera Place one have on the grip, the other on the lens Pull your elbows in to your body and exhale completely before depressing the shutter Create your own tripod by resting your elbow on your knee while in a seated position Lean on an object like a tree Lay down
Equipment Do fall into the misconception The latest and greatest gear will result in better photos Your gear is not good enough because of your photos – don’t blame the equipment Forget the expensive cameras and lens Know your equipment Learn when and how to use a lens Learn about the basics of aperture, shutter speed and ISO
Essential Accessories Card reader Extra memory Extra battery Camera bag Lowepro Tamrac Think Tank Photo National Geographic Quantaray
Memory Cards Pro Cards: Lexar 600x and SanDisk 600x High end DSLR capturing moments in fast burst mode and HD Video $190 SanDisk – largest Get two 4GB cards vice 1GB card
Extra Accessories Tripod Gorillapod Monopod Cable release Software (Editing) Digital Solutions – Canon CD (Capture NX) - Nikon
Lens Cleaning Many high-end digital cameras feature self-cleaning CCD sensors. Besides being able to clean the CCD in the field, the photographer will be able to clean the CCD of dust without risking damage to the delicate electronics.
Sharing Download the pictures Computer Portable storage device For safety – back them up on CD Use camera cable or card reader Print – your own printer, Kiosk, online services Send via e-mail or post on photo sharing site
Become a Better Photographer Through Critique of Others A critique is always how to make an image better Never stop learning Students MUST take pictures during the week and the class MUST critique them. Every image can be made better in some way When critiquing another photographer's work, be supportive and positive, but give honest feedback. If you think something could be improved, say so - in the end, your colleague will benefit from honest advice.