Fundamentals of Photography II

Fundamentals of Photography II
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24 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Find the Picture
Think of photography as visual problem solving. How do you find perfect shots in the midst of crowded "problem areas" like an historic mansion? How about in sparse environments like…
Episode 2 Understanding Light
Light, according to Professor Sartore, is what great photography is all about. In this lesson, he shows you how to take a more measured, thoughtful approach to various light sources,…
Episode 3 Working with Light in a Landscape
Landscape photography may seem easy--just a matter of going outside and snapping away--but there's an art to excellent landscape photographs. And most times, it doesn't require fancy diffusers and flashes.…
Episode 4 Taking Photos under and around Water
Underwater photography is tricky, expensive, and often requires bulky special equipment. But there are certain strategies anyone can use to capture great photographs in aquatic environments. In this lesson, experiment…
Episode 5 Photographing Reflections and Reflectivity
Reflectivity in photography, when used the right way, can transform the annoyances of reflections and glares into powerful ways to add a splash of brilliance to dark scenes and create…
Episode 6 Photographing Shadows and Backlighting
Any good photographer, whether professional or amateur, should know how to handle shadows. Here, turn off your camera's flash and learn how to find (or create) elegant lighting in shadowy…
Episode 7 Big Results from Little Lights
Professor Sartore shows you how to effectively wield the small lights that come with basic cameras. What happens when you take the flash off your camera? Diffuse it with a…
Episode 8 Taking Studio Lights Outdoors
The big lights of studio-lit photography, and the setups involved, don't have to be so intimidating. First, explore the two basic types of light that studio photographers use. Then, take…
Episode 9 Human Portrait Photography
There are average, everyday portraits--and then there are unforgettable portraits. Focus here on candid, environmental portrait photographs outside the studio. You'll learn professional tips that can allow you to create…
Episode 10 Animal Photography
From dogs and snakes to ducks and zoo animals, discover the secrets of interesting animal photography--the kind that stands out from the boring pet pictures we've all seen before. As…
Episode 11 Night Photography
Great photography doesn't have to end when the sun sets. Overcome your worries about night photography and sharpen your skills at working with (and capturing) moonlight, starlight, and even urban…
Episode 12 Art Photography: Perspective and Illusions
Art photography can be lyrical, fun, dark, or surprising--but it's always about going beyond the obvious. Follow Professor Sartore on several shoots and discover how to take photos with a…
Episode 13 Art Photography: Having Fun
Continue your exploration of more artful photography with a lesson on setting up and shooting funny, bizarre, and outrageous scenes and subjects. How can you use the knowledge and techniques…
Episode 14 Art Photography: Still Life
Still lifes don't have to be boring. Here, learn how to add layers of intrigue and dynamism to indoor and outdoor still lifes by changing your perspective, shooting through objects,…
Episode 15 Black-and-White Photography
Fall in love all over again with black-and-white photography, which looks great in just about any light and allows you to create compositions and moods you could never achieve with…
Episode 16 Elevating Your Perspective: Photos from Above
For a unique, cleaned-up view of the world, nothing beats an aerial shot. Whether you're planning on photographing large crowds or vast landscapes, learn some tips for getting yourself up…
Episode 17 Smartphone Photography
Just because you're using a smartphone to take photos doesn't mean you should be satisfied with lackluster shots. Transform how you use your smartphone's camera and work smarter with panoramic…
Episode 18 The Decisive Moment in Photography
How do professional photographers capture the "decisive moment" in their work? Find out for yourself in this insightful lesson on how photographers anticipate great compositions, how they know when they've…
Episode 19 Live Event Photography: Farmers’ Market
Everyone loves to take photographs of farmers' markets, with all their colorful bounty of fruits, vegetables, and other tasty treats. But they can actually be quite challenging if you want…
Episode 20 Live Event Photography: T-Ball
Visit a t-ball game to ease into shooting sporting events. Along the way, learn how to use motor drives, fast shutter speeds, and autofocus; how to set up angles; and…
Episode 21 Live Event Photography: House Party
If you're a recreational photographer, chances are you'll be called upon to shoot a family social event or get-together. By photographing the goings-on at a summer solstice party, you'll cultivate…
Episode 22 Live Event Photography: A Day at the Ranch
Take a trip to a beautiful Nebraska Sandhills ranch and watch Professor Sartore overcome visual chaos to capture the drama and action of a day of cattle round ups and…
Episode 23 Live Event Photography: Family Fishing Night
Continue your study of live-event photography with this lesson that takes you to a family fishing trip in Nebraska's Bohemian Alps. How does an expert photojournalist use establishing shots, detail…
Episode 24 Editing, Culling, and Critiquing Your Photos
Once you're done shooting, it's time to sit down and edit. But this final lesson isn't about post-production on your computer. Instead, it's about visually critiquing your photographs--their backgrounds, lighting,…

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excellent lectures

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Taking Photos under and around Water
Underwater photography is tricky, expensive, and often requires bulky special equipment. But there are certain strategies anyone can use to capture great photographs in aquatic environments. In this lesson, experiment with underwater shots (and have some fun!) using everyday tools like smartphones and a 10-gallon aquarium.
Photographing Reflections and Reflectivity
Reflectivity in photography, when used the right way, can transform the annoyances of reflections and glares into powerful ways to add a splash of brilliance to dark scenes and create layered images. What are the ways you can make reflections work for you instead of against you? Find out here.
Photographing Shadows and Backlighting
Any good photographer, whether professional or amateur, should know how to handle shadows. Here, turn off your camera's flash and learn how to find (or create) elegant lighting in shadowy scenes--whether it's diffusing light or highlighting shadows to create dramatic, memorable backdrops.
Big Results from Little Lights
Professor Sartore shows you how to effectively wield the small lights that come with basic cameras. What happens when you take the flash off your camera? Diffuse it with a tissue? Play around with shutter speeds? As you'll discover, you can get big photographic results from these little lights.
Taking Studio Lights Outdoors
The big lights of studio-lit photography, and the setups involved, don't have to be so intimidating. First, explore the two basic types of light that studio photographers use. Then, take the studio lights outside and experiment with studio lights plus ambient light--and even turn daytime into night.
Human Portrait Photography
There are average, everyday portraits--and then there are unforgettable portraits. Focus here on candid, environmental portrait photographs outside the studio. You'll learn professional tips that can allow you to create deeper connections between the portrait's viewer and its subject.
Animal Photography
From dogs and snakes to ducks and zoo animals, discover the secrets of interesting animal photography--the kind that stands out from the boring pet pictures we've all seen before. As you'll learn, the most important aspects of great animal photography are repeated access and plenty of time and patience.
Night Photography
Great photography doesn't have to end when the sun sets. Overcome your worries about night photography and sharpen your skills at working with (and capturing) moonlight, starlight, and even urban lights. Professor Sartore walks you through some night scenarios you may never have thought could yield such compelling photographs.