Nature and Landscape Photography- Class Introduction
as we get into this class, I have some expectations of you, and you should be familiar with all basic camera controls, all the exposure controls in your camera and all you're focusing controls. This is not a basic photography class. I have another class called Fundamentals of Digital Photography. And I'm not going to be going through all kind of those root explanations of how different things work further. You should be completely familiar with depth of field use of all your shutter speeds. And you're focusing. This is just kind of what I expected. Here we will be talking a little bit about this. For those of you that have lots of experience, please don't feel put off every once in a while. I got to reach down to the people who don't have as much knowledge and bring them up a little bit. So we are gonna cover some basics as well assume or advanced subjects as well as faras the equipment we're gonna get into that main section coming up, but just real quickly. And generally you should ha...
ve a camera that you can manually control the exposure on. You need to be able to manually control the focusing on it. It's gonna be best with an interchangeable lens camera. It's still possible with the fixed lens cameras or a built in zoom. But it's best with the interchangeable lens cameras, and it's going to be best with an eye level finder. It's very hard to work with those screens outside and bright sunlight. And so having an eye level finder is definitely going to help out. So I want to give you my formula for taking great nature and landscape photos. And so this is the elements that you need, starting with good equipment, good equipment does help. We're gonna get into that your next you need to have What is this, Uh, right, The proper technique. Doing things the right way. And I'm a big proponent of going down to your local park and shooting pictures in your backyard. But, folks, I'm gonna be honest with you. There are some places on this planet that have a whole lot mawr photographic potential than other places I have. I have been on a six week trip where I hardly took any photos just because it just really wasn't a place that inspired me and I just couldn't find those great shots. And there are other places where I'm shooting hundreds and hundreds of photos a day because it is just so rich. And so getting to those rich areas is a lot of fun. Next up, that's right. You need to be there at the right time, being in the right place the right time of the season. The right time of the day is critical, and our fifth element is dealing with composition. What, you do your interpretation on any particular scene. And so, as we look at kind of the full schedule for this class, we're gonna be going through equipment in sections kind of one in two today. This afternoon we're going to going through exposure and then later today, focus Day two is we're gonna be getting more into the artistic side and more of dealing with specific subjects and how to approach them whole section just on dealing with different subjects. What about flowers, rivers, mountains, forests, deserts? Gonna be talking about tips and techniques for all of those dealing with different timing light and then finally, composition