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A presentation I gave at Podcamp Pittsburgh 3 as a crash course for photography for bloggers. Mainly covers exposure based subjects.

A presentation I gave at Podcamp Pittsburgh 3 as a crash course for photography for bloggers. Mainly covers exposure based subjects.

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Podcamp Pittsburgh 3- Photography For The Blogger Podcamp Pittsburgh 3- Photography For The Blogger Presentation Transcript

  • Photography for the Blogger by: David Fisher/Tibbon Twitter: @Tibbon 1
  • Who is this guy? • Engineer: Taylor Barefoot Productions 2003-2005 • Music Business Management: Berklee College of Music 2006 • Portrait Innovations, 2006-2007 • Jazkarta, 2007-2008, @natea’s company • GamerDNA, 2008-Present Twitter: @Tibbon 2
  • Eyes Twitter: @Tibbon 3 View slide
  • Seeing And the most important skill in photography is Twitter: @Tibbon 4 View slide
  • Compression Camera Depth of Field Lens SLR Blur JPEG RAW Program Mode Rule of Thirds Lighting Point & Shoot ASA Flash Coatings Diffusion Grey Card ISO Aperture Filter Zone System Autofocus Chemicals Rangefinder Shutter Speed Film Digital Twitter: @Tibbon 5
  • Why? 6 Why do we take photos?
  • Communicate Twitter: @Tibbon 7
  • Light Twitter: @Tibbon 8 What do we capture? Light. Everything is a function of light coming into the camera. This is why photos in the dark don’t work well. Without light there is no photo
  • Subject Twitter: @Tibbon 9 What are we taking the photo of?
  • How? Twitter: @Tibbon 10
  • Light enters camera through lens Twitter: @Tibbon 11
  • Sensor (digital)/Film Twitter: @Tibbon 12
  • 4 Important Settings • Aperture • Shutter • Focus • ISO/Sensitivity/Film Choice Twitter: @Tibbon 13
  • Exposure = Amount of light hitting sensor Twitter: @Tibbon 14
  • Shutter Speed = Time shutter allows light to sensor Twitter: @Tibbon 15
  • Faster Shutter Speed Less light hits sensor Requires more light Sharper image Less Blur Freezes motion Example, 1/2000th second 16
  • Slower Shutter Speed More light hits sensor Better for dark/night Less sharp image More blur Can convey motion Example, 1/30th Second 17
  • Aperture = Size of Lens Opening 18
  • Large Opening (f/1.2) 19
  • Small Opening (f/8) 20
  • Aperture • Aperture is expressed in f-stops. • Smaller number = more open = more light hits sensor (f/1.2). Narrow Depth of Field (DoF) • Larger number = more closed = less light hits sensor (f/8). Deep DoF. 21
  • Narrow DoF: f/1.6 22
  • Wide DoF: f/8 23
  • Using Aperture • If little light, use largest aperture possible (ex: f/2.8) • If lots of light, you have choices. Aperture can be used to cut down on light. 24
  • ISO/Sensitivity • Sensitivity of film/sensor to light • Lower numbers (ISO/100) need more light. • Lower numbers have less grain, higher image quality • Higher numbers (ISO/3200) need less light. • Higher numbers have more grain, lower image quality 25
  • Grainy Photo: ISO1600 26
  • Low Grain: ISO100 27
  • Review Need More Need Less Light? Light? Slow shutter Speed up speed shutter speed Open Aperture Close Aperture (smaller (higher numbers) numbers) Higher ISO Lower ISO (1600) (100) 28
  • But wait! 29 How does this affect me? How does this work with my camera? I have program modes and a point and shoot. What Aperture and shutter aren’t skills.
  • Problem Solving 30 They give us the vocabulary for problem solving skills.
  • Easy 31 Taking photos is EASY. We can all take photos. But how do we take good photos? You’re going to have problems at some point taking photos and you have to have the problem solving skills to get around them.
  • Complex Situations 32 Bloggers encounter complex situations often in photography.
  • Simply & Analyze 33 These terms allow us to analyize and simply photographic situations.
  • Meters 34 A few final things. Most modern cameras have meters. These tell us how much light is coming into the lens, essentially help try to tell us how much light we need coming into the camera. This helps tell you how to set the aperture, shutter and iso settings that we just talked about.
  • Programs 35 Which brings us to Program modes. Cameras today are smart and often contain powerful computers that can help guess settings for us. In many settings these modes can do fine jobs at producing average photos.
  • 4 Mode Settings • Program (automatic) • Shutter Priority • Aperture Priority • Manual 36
  • Problem? 37 So whats the problem? Why can’t we just use program mode and pull the trigger?
  • What is important? 38 What is important in the photo? This seems like a basic thing, but let’s consider some photos.
  • Choice 39 That is your choice. Let’s look at some photos that illustrate this.
  • Aperture setting 40 I personally use Aperture priority settings 95% of the time.
  • Not enough light? 41 What happens is there simply isn’t enough light to make it happen with these settings?
  • Flash! 42 Then flash can be the answer
  • Lighting is complex 43 Lighting is a complex topic, so I won’t go too much into it asides to say that using it too much can look bad, create harsh portraits. OFF-camera light looks the best.
  • strobist.blogspot.com 44 This blog will help lead you through all things flash related and tries to not break the bank.
  • Buying a Camera 45
  • Most salespeople are poorly informed 46
  • How many Megapixels? 47
  • Looks good to me! 48
  • 2.74MP 49
  • Megapixels DONT matter 50
  • Don’t ask them general questions! 51
  • What do you want to do? 52
  • • People • Sports • Video • Professional • Landscapes 53
  • Weight 54
  • SLRs are heavy & BIG 55
  • Megapixels don’t matter. 56
  • Lens 57 One of the most important aspects however is the LENS. Good lenses aren’t cheap. If you go with an SLR expect to spend about as much on decent lenses as you do on the camera body.
  • Egronomics 58 If you don’t like the way a camera feels, then you aren’t going to use it much. For professionals these often become make or break features. Do you like the way it feels in your hand? Can you figure out the menus easily? Are things marked well? Does the button placement make sense for you?
  • Ken Rockwell www.kenrockwell.com 59
  • Q&A 60
  • Flickr.com 61
  • Smugmug.com (referral tibbon@gmail.com) $5 off 62
  • B&H Photo (bhphoto.com) Twitter: @Tibbon 63