What do you learn in photography class

Photography is an art and passion for most of the people. Some people adopt it as a profession, and some keep it as a hobby. Photography is being studied as a form of art since the advent of the first camera, but it has become a more demanding field in recent years due to considerable developments in the cameras, processing software and multimedia.

Some people believe photography should be a self-taught skill, but some find it necessary to learn it via proper training and classes. Especially if you need to pursue it as a profession, you need to learn it properly by enrolling in a degree or diploma course.

There are online and on-campus courses for photography which teach students from scratch about the photography basics. The classes are designed for beginners to advanced level and professional level. In a photography beginner’s course, there are some necessary things which are introduced to the students and students are assigned with relevant assignments and projects which help them to learn the skill in a practical and hands-on way.

Photography Class Basics

There are a few fundamental things which the basis of photography is, and one cannot go to an advanced level without knowing these basics. In a primary photography, class student are taught about these basics, we give you an overview regarding some of them.

  1. Choosing a camera

Choosing a camera is an important step as you start with your photography basics. There are three camera types mostly found

  • Compact Cameras
  • DSLR cameras
  • Medium Format Cameras

Nikon and Canon are the leading manufacturers of cameras and they have a tough competition between them in the compact and DSLR camera types and their accessories. You are familiarized with the various functions, similarities, and differences between different camera types and models.

While buying a camera, you may also need to buy following camera accessories.

  • Memory Card
  • Lenses
  • Flash
  • Post-Processing Photo Editing Software
  • Lens filters
  • A tripod stands
  • A camera bag

The camera and related accessories depend upon your available budget and utility. You need to consider camera features, controls and size and all these techniques are introduced in a photography class.

  1. Basic Camera Functions & Settings

A photography class also includes the introduction to basic and advanced camera modes, functions and different settings which you need to use in using a camera and taking a photograph. There are manual and automatic settings, and you are told about their difference and being comfortable to use each of them.

  1. Understanding Light and Exposure

Another important topic is the understanding of light, its use and exposure. Introduction to the Exposure Triangle, i.e., Aperture, shutter speed and ISO. The control of light in a photo is the basis of photography and Exposure Triangle helps us understand it in a better way. All the three components aperture, shutter speed, and ISO control the amount of light that can enter a camera and impact its sensors.

Aperture is the opening through which light enters the camera; shutter speed is the amount of time shutter opens when it is clicked, and ISO is the amount of light that enters the camera. We can see that all these three terms are interlinked.

  1. Use of Flash Light

Flash is an essential tool in photography as we need to control the amount of light entering the aperture. Therefore, it is necessary that adequate amount of light is present or else we need to use a flashlight for the purpose.

A flashlight helps a photographer to maintain a proper light for its object. There are several types of flash such as a pop-up flash, On-camera flash (strobe light) and Bounce reflector light. A pop-up flash can cause a problem of Red-eye in the pictures which can be eliminated by using a different flash type or from a different angle.

  1. Camera Lenses & Filters

Lenses control the depth or sharpness of an object along with aperture. A sophisticated combination of convex and concave lenses enables the photographer to take advantage of the light passing through the hole.

Filters are used for correction of light and color, and some of them also add special effects. There three primary screen types polarizing filter, close-up filter, and UV-Haze filter.

  1. Composition Rules of Photography

Every Photographer has his own angle of seeing things, and this is good as it keeps your originality and uniqueness. But there are specific detailed rules which can be used as a guideline to create more depth in pictures. Out of many composition rules, some are Rule of thirds, negative space, golden mean or ratio, horizon line, leading lines, symmetry, and patterns.

  1. Photo Editing/ Post Processing Software

Photo editing is an essential step in photography. Usually, Photoshop or Lightroom is used for this purpose. Photo editing not only enables you to make necessary changes, compensate or add special effects without affecting the quality. A photo editing allows you to take a photo to your desired level seamlessly.

A photography class at basic level enables the students to know at least the basic terms and techniques related to photography. A medium, advanced or professional level will be more helpful as the student gets more comfortable with the camera skills with the passage of time.

Jennifer Rhinehart

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