Instructor: Amy Johnson
What Settings Should I Use?
Of all the questions I get asked as a photographer, this one is the most common. Knowing how to pick your settings to use on your DSLR camera can make or break your photos. This class will give you strategies to help you select the appropriate settings for the exposure (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), as well as some of the other settings buried deep in your camera's menus.
This class is not a series of "recipes" of settings for taking photos. Instead, you will learn how to "read" the light, as well as the situation, to make a good guess at what the settings should be. You will learn how to use Histograms to evaluate your choices and decide if you need to refine your settings for a better image. You will understand the characteristics of light and use them to create a photo that communicates the story you are trying to tell.
This class will consist of one Skills Lab and one Creative Lab each week. The skills labs will help you understand the skills presented in the lectures. Creative labs are designed to let you apply the skills in your own way with your own choice of subject.
The Skills Labs are all designed to be completed indoors with artificial light. Creative Labs can be completed outside or in, depending on the winter weather in your area. If you live in an area with snow, the Creative Labs will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to expose your snow images properly!
There are no FDSA class prerequisites for this course, but students who enroll at Gold or Silver are expected to have a basic understanding of the elements of exposure and to have at least some initial experience using manual exposure mode on the camera. Students who have taken Shoot the Dog, Chase the Dog, or any of my other photography classes are qualified to take this class.