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Fundamentals of Great Exposure
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In this exciting four-week course, you'll learn how to express your own personal vision by exposing images correctly at the time you shoot them. You'll learn why it's important to take control of your exposures, how to decipher your camera's metering modes, and how to deal with challenging exposure situations. The instructor is Lynne Eodice, former features editor for Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine, and author of Photos That Inspire Photo Workshop. You'll have the opportunity to shoot interesting assignments each week, and Lynne will be on hand to give you helpful feedback. Proper exposure is the basis for shooting successful digital images, and you'll enjoy learning how to do so in this course.
- Elements of Exposure
- Good Exposures with a Variety of Cameras
- Natural Light and Flash Exposures
- Special Exposure Situations Made Easy
- Note: This course was formerly titled "Pro Tips for Great Exposure" ... otherwise, the same great content!
- For beginners and anyone else who would like a refresher course on the fundamentals of exposure.
- Explore the key elements of exposure - ISO settings and aperture and shutter priority modes.
- Learn about your camera's metering modes and when to use them.
- Learn how to expose for directional lighting and for lighting at various times of the day, as well as when to use flash.
- Find out how to deal with challenging exposure situations - light or dark subjects, cloudy days, dappled daylight, photographing at night, and more.
What You Get
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.
- Learn at your pace, with structure.
- Be guided by a real pro instructor.
- Get your photos critiqued every week.
- Join students from around the world.
- Go far beyond any book or DVD.
- Make great pictures, again and again!
The author of Photos That Inspire,
Lynne Eodice teaches four excellent online courses for BetterPhoto.com: Photography for the Weekend Warrior
, Digital Photography Basics
, Photographing Architecture: Around Town or Far Afield
and Fundamentals of Great Exposure
. She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersenís PHOTOgraphic.
A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.
Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphicís Buyerís Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiotís Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.
Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitorís center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.
In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.
Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.
Sample Photos by the Instructor
© Lynne Eodice
© Lynne Eodice
1. Elements of Exposure
This introductory lesson will focus on the importance of correct exposure and taking charge of controlling it, as well as some key elements - ISO, aperture and shutter speeds. We'll discuss ISO settings relative to light and exposure, using the Aperture Priority mode for great or shallow depth of field, and using Shutter Priority modes for freeze-action or long exposures.
Assignment: Shoot & submit 5 images in situations where you control your camera's ISO settings, as well as using your camera's Aperture and/or Shutter priority modes.
2. Good Exposures Regardless of What Kind of Camera You Own
We'll take a look at various types of digital cameras and their metering systems, including their various metering modes (depending on the camera manufacturer): evaluative, spot, and matrix. We'll also explore exposure features like exposure compensation, auto-exposure lock, bracketing, and auto-bracketing, and when to use them. We will look at the camera's histogram and how it affects contrast and exposure.
Assignment: Shoot and submit 4 images using several of your camera's metering modes, and let me know why you chose them (e.g., using the matrix metering mode to meter a backlit subject.)
3. Natural Light & Flash Exposures
We'll cover White Balance settings and how they affect the color of light, as well as exposing for directional light - front lighting, side lighting, top lighting and back lighting, as well as soft and diffuse light. I'll offer tips on exposing images at dawn, midday and the "golden hour." We'll also discuss the basics of using on-camera and accessory flash units, and how flash can affect exposure indoors and out.
Assignment: Shoot and submit 4 images that are exposed in daylight and/or with flash.
4. Special Exposure Situations Made Easy
We'll explore shooting situations that pose exposure challenges: light and dark subjects, cloudy days, fog and mist, dappled daylight, and silhouettes. We'll also examine techniques of night photography: the moon, time exposures, traffic streaks, neon signs, city skylines, and city street scenes.
Assignment: Shoot and submit 5 images of your favorite subjects, utilizing the exposure tips and tricks you've learned in this course.
© Lynne Eodice
© Lynne Eodice
- A digital SLR camera is preferred, although a compact "point-and-shoot" digital camera with selectable controls is also acceptable.
- An accessory flash unit or built-in flash on your camera.
- A tripod is recommended, but not required.
Who is this course intended for?
Beginners and photo enthusiasts who have some experience with their cameras can take this class. Anyone who wants to learn more about photographic exposure is welcome.
Will this course include instruction on image editing?
No. This course teaches you how to get great exposures through the lens at the time you create the pictures.
Why should I learn about exposure when my camera will do it for me automatically?
There are times when you'll want to get particular effects, and you may be disappointed in the results if you allow your camera to expose your images automatically. These techniques are fun and easier to learn than you might think!
© Lynne Eodice
© Lynne Eodice
Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.
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