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Day 2 - Camera features and accessories

Begins On: January 11th 2018

Basic Shooting techniques

  • Basic use of the camera:
    • Why you should press the button down half-way
    • What happens when you shoot a picture
    • Basic understanding of auto exposure and exposure compensation
    • Auto Focus and how to make sure your subject is in focus even though it may not be in the center of the frame
    • Zooming and understanding �digital zoom�, interchangeable lenses
    • Turning on and off the built-in flash
    • Using Macro Mode
  • Previewing your photos, deleting photos

Pushing the button halfway

Push button down halfway at first to focus, set exposure, and WB.  The camera will focus on what it can see easiest and what is in the middle, so put your subject in the middle.  You can lock the focus by holding the button down and re-composing.

More on lenses, focal length, auto_focus, operation

The lens on your camera controls how your camera sees the world. Most cameras have a zoom lens which means it can be set to various settings, but either way, the setting or lens will not only control the viewable angle of what you see through the camera, but it also affects the way objects appear.

How to use Flash

Most cameras come complete with a built-in flash that can provide light in situations that are too dark for the camera to see properly.  The way the flash interacts with your scene can be unpredictable.  There are various modes to help you control the flash and how it looks.  Also, flash is often helpful in situations for which the camera wouldn't automatically choose to use it, so the flash modes gives you control to force the flash to fire, even in the bright sun. 

macro features

Macro photography simply means shooting subjects very close up. This requires special modes and sometimes special lenses, but can be very exciting and suprising when you see the results.  We'll learn about how to shoot close-ups. 

  • Become members of the website in order to turn in projects and view our grades

Getting the right Exposure

  • Basic Exposure Compensation ideas

Assign first project: Scavenger Hunt.