Photography: Image Stability
http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/1825 In this lesson you will learn how to properly use photographic filters, how to cure the number one ailment of bad photographs, and the questions you should ask yourself when trying to decide between shooting with film or digitally. Photographic filters come in every color of the rainbow and for every conceivable special effect. However, most filters alter reality and capturing reality is what photography does best. In this lesson Brian explains how to appropriately use the skylight filter, UV filter, and polarizing filter and also why a conservative use of filters is recommended. The number one cause for bad photographs is camera shake. In this lesson you will learn how to avoid camera shake by learning the proper technique for holding a camera, how to use your body for stability and how to choose the correct shutter speed. Brian will also explain the things to take into account when choosing the perfect tripod. When considering whether to use film or digital cameras photographers should ask themselves how they can craft the best images with the different options available to them. In this lesson Brian explains how you should let the end use of your image dictate the use of film or digital and when each different type of media is appropriate. He also discuses the brightness range (range of color from the darkest shadow detail to the highest highlight detail) and how these differ in the film media and the digital media. With the advent of inexpensive cameras, the world of photography was opened up to millions of image makers. This lesson is excerpted from the DVD Learn Photography, Film & Digital, which is an excellent resource for those looking to learn the fundamentals of photography. It is the fifth lesson cut from the DVD and includes Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 (on Filters, Steady Shooting, Film vs Digital, and Photographic Pathways).