Introduction to Photography

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Looking at the basics of the camera body and beginning to understand exposure settings and their uses.All rights of the images and content belong to Steve Smailes and the use of this content is given only with prior permission

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  • 1. Introduction to Photography

2. What is a photograph?

    • A frozen moment in time
    • A 're-presentation'
    • A photograph tells a story, evokes an emotion or triggers something in the viewers mind or a combination of these


  • A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph All photos are accurate none of them is the truth."
  • Richard Avendon


  • To take a photograph is to participate in another persons (or things) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to times relentless melt.
  • - Michael Fried

5. This theory stuff is great but I don't know how to work this camera lark....

  • To really take great photos we need to get used to working in manual (M) mode. For this we'll need to know about:
    • Shutter speeds
    • Apertures
    • The exposure triangle
    • Depth of field
    • How to use/manipulate light
    • How to work a light meter

6. The Digital SLR body 7. Playback Zoom in Zoom out Shutter speed dial Delete Hotshoe mount Adjustment for impaired vision 8. Flash mode button Exposure Bracketing Focus modes (2 functions) Mode dial Lens controls (focusing & vibration reduction) 9. 10. Mode Dial Hot shoe Exposure compensation Metering Off/On - Shutter button Aperture dial Shooting mode SettingsScreen 11. Shutter speed Aperture value Flash settings No of shots remaning White balance setting Format you're shooting in Metering Focus setting 12. 2:09 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. General settings

  • ISO wants to be as low as possible.
    • Studio always 100 or whatever is lowest on your camera
    • In daylight the same maybe up a little if it is cloudy
    • Night time varies depending what lights are available. 400 is a good starting point
  • Think about the movement of your subject, adjust your shutter and aperture to compensate for this and dont forget you can pan (move the camera with the subject) to keep them sharp and the background blurred

18. Let's look at some examples of different exposure techniques Steve Smailes 19. Steve Smailes 20. Steve Smailes 21. Steve Smailes 22. Steve Smailes 23. Steve Smailes