I made a short introductory video with simplified explanation of photography fundamentals – the exposure trinity of Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. In the video, I explained what they were, how they worked, what photography effects they individually produce and how to control them using Olympus OM-D cameras. This is a quick, dumbed down version of photography basics for beginners, designed for newcomers to Olympus system and this is not a complete beginner’s guide or how to use a camera. I made it as straight to the point as possible, cutting out all unnecessary bloat, with the aim of getting you to go out to shoot as soon as possible, because photography happens when you click the shutter button.
Why am I doing this video?
For newcomers to photography, there are many simple and basic questions, such as how do I blur the background, how do I get motion blur, or how do make sure the moving subject is perfectly sharp? There questions are common, and can be easily controlled if the photography spent some time studying the very basics of how the camera operates, There is no shortcut to photography, if you want to take photography seriously, then you must master the fundamentals – shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Knowing how these settings work, and what they can do, you probably can do almost everything with your camera!
I acknowledge that the video may be oversimplifying some topics, but it was never meant to be a comprehensive step by step tutorial. There are thousands of such videos out there, with articles and you can also by reference books if you want to explore anything further and in depth. The purpose of this video was to get you off your feet and start taking some pictures. Learn as you go, and you must allow yourself to make some mistakes along the way. You learn faster as you shoot more and more. I am a practical person, you can only learn something fully by actually doing it yourself. The problem with a lot of photographers (especially newcomers) these days? They talk too much and don’t shoot enough.
To freeze fast action, use fast shutter speed
To capture motion blur, slow down the shutter speed
To blur off the background, use large aperture (small F-number)
Shooting in very dark environment, ISO needs to be raised.
Use large aperture for blur background “bokeh” efefct
Sports shooting require very fast shutter speed
This moment would have been lost if shutter speed was too slow. Prioritize shutter speed in fast action shoots
For light trails, you need very slow shutter speeds, such as this shot, taken at 4 seconds long.
If you have a friend starting out photography, share this video, hopefully they will take Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO seriously! Because, they cannot advance too much further without properly understanding and mastering all these basics first. Tell them what I said – there is no shortcut in photography! Learn your basics.
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