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📷 🎬 Mr. SQuID-C

The “principles” of lighting are an important foundation to understanding what “good” light looks like. With this understanding, you’ll discover that the ability to recognize “good light” will allow you to apply these principles in often-simple ways. Watch how different this shot becomes when the subject shifts just two feet to her left. The shot …

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📷 🎬 ISO

Don’t worry about memorizing it, but this acronym stands for International Standards Organization and it’s the third component of the exposure triangle. You may also be familiar with the similar term “ASA” if you shot film. The easiest, and most common (albeit imperfect) way to explain this is that ISO is “the sensitivity of the …

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🎬 How Good Is My Cellphone Camera?

Point-and-shoot cameras are nearing obsolescence largely due to cell phones. This is a term historically used to describe a small camera with a fixed lens, smaller sensor (1/8″ CCD), utilizing a separate-from-the-lens viewfinder or LCD screen on the back. These sorts of cameras don’t get much attention in a world where everyone has similar-quality cameras …

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📷 🎬 Shutter

Just like shutters on a window, your camera has a shutter which opens and closes to allow a certain amount of light to hit the sensor. Your shutter is controlled by a time value and is simply the amount of time the sensor is “open” to the light. Obviously the longer you leave the shutters …

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📷 🎬 Intentional or Incidental?

This may be the most important lesson of the course. One principle I constantly reiterate is that artistic work should be intentional rather than incidental. You’re creating something you intended to make rather than relying on chance or coincidence to produce something interesting. Anyone can take a picture, and it’s not that hard to click …

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📷 🎬 The Creativator

Photography lets me show others how I see the world. -Preet N. Shoos Underwhelming as it sounds, unless you have a physical disability, it’s often the photos that look least like the way we all see the world that look the coolest. Here’s a way to generate hundreds of different shots from the same subject. …

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📷 🎬 Aperture and f-stops

How open is your lens? Small f-stop = big depth of field and vice versa. The bigger the hole the more light gets through. This is confusing because the aperture is described in terms of something called an “f-stop” and the smaller the f-stop number the larger the aperture’s opening is, e.g. f1.4 is a …

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