Learn how to begin using Lightroom on your lunch break in this short video where I talk about how to download into Lightroom without loosing your files. My motto is: Stay organize, stay sane!
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Students come to me, pages of notes in hand, flustered and confused about how watching a gazillion (yes, that's a precise number) videos online has not helped them better understand photography. They know terminology and turn their camera dials, but their ability to metabolize all this information together in a helpful way is nonexistent.
The temptation is real, people. Countless free online videos promise better understanding of your camera, or how photography works. And so many online teachers offer great tips. But here's the trouble with all this limitless accessible free knowledge: it's not contextualized.
Photography is one of those art forms where the information builds. When taught well (and cohesively) each piece adds a layer, like building a pyramid.
Imagine trying to build a pyramid with a thousand blocks at your feet. Each block is identified by it's name, and a definition of the name. But you're given no instructions on the order the blocks go in, connection between the blocks, or how they interrelate.
Now imagine building the same pyramid with the same thousand blocks, and a guide to help you figure out which pieces go first, how the materials support the weight of the lighter or heavier blocks, and where each differently shaped piece fits in the whole pyramid building plan. This is what a great teacher can do -- they can connect the dots, explain complicated processes in easy to understand terms, and show you the best path to understanding photography for how you learn.
So, here's your homework: stop watching YouTube videos and find a great instructor. If you don't already know one I'm happy to help you learn your camera in the best way for you. Click here to learn more about 1-on-1 sessions (via Skype or in person) and upcoming classes I teach.
When has a great teacher helped you overcome a learning block? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments.
Last time we covered the exposure triangle. Now, let’s take it a step further. Each corner of the exposure-triangle has two fundamental elements - what I like to call the "compositional" effect and the "technical" component.
The compositional effect relates to how each setting will affect the more creative part of the photograph – such as how much movement or focus is present. The technical component relates to how much and how long the light is allowed into the exposure. Knowing which setting controls what is key to not only mastering manual exposure, but will also increase your speed of controlling the settings as you learn.
Shutter (located in the camera body)
Aperture (located in the lens)
This article is intended to help expose a bit of the iceberg of information that falls under manual exposure; I hope it’s been helpful for you. When you're ready for more, register for my online Shooting in Manual class. I also offer 1-on-1 support via Skype and locally in Long Beach, CA.