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The Digiphoto Quck Start Guide  

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3dcover6The Digiphoto Quick Start Guide is designed to teach the basics of digital photography so you can quickly start capturing technically correct and visualey interesting images. You may be thinking, big deal, every introductory photo guide does that and you would be right. This guide is different; it introduces the basic photo skills as a set of tools that will help you express your Vision. So what’s Vision and why should you care about it? Read on and I’ll explain.

The Digiphoto Quick Start Course 

6 Module Course

Course6bNot everyone learns the same way. For those who like a bit of structure and sequential presentation of the content over time with notes, I created the Digiphoto Quick Start Course. The basic content for the course is the Digiphoto Quick Start Guide with the addition of 16 videos and additional course material to help you master the content. Read on to learn more about the course, check out a sample video and review a Course Module.


 

1. About the Digiphoto Quick Start Guide

Photography can be an incredibly enjoyable experience and a great way to creatively express yourself. If your are serious enough about your photography to Invest $500-$5,000 on a DSLR camera, you’ll want to master the basic photo skills needed to make the best pictures and have the most fun with your photography. 

When learning just about anything we start with the basics, get some practice, check our progress and then learn more. Photography is no different. The diagram below illustrates that learning photo basics  represents a relativly small part of our digiphotolife. Once we get past the fundamentals, the majority of our time is spent applying and evolving the basics to better express ourselves in creative ways. Learning to use the camera as a tool to capture our impressions, feelings or perspectives of a scene is the process of expressing our vision. Expressing a personal Vision is what it’s about for those who have chosen to make photography an important part of their lives

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Because the development and expression of ones Vision is so fundamental to the digiphoto process The Digiphoto Quick Start Guide introduces the basic photo skills as a set of tools that help you express your Vision. The illustration below represents how the different skills we learn are integrated and purposfully used to capture scene in a way that matches our Vision of it.

techvisionUltimately, the pursuit of most photographers, amateur and professionals alike, is to improve their ability to express their vision by learning new skills and lots of practice. So the Digiphoto Qucik Start Guide introduces the importance of vision right from the start and continues to reinforce its importance as you learn to control your camera. As a result, you develop a solid knowledge base of the digiphoto process making it easier to learn new skills as you advance your digiphoto experience.

 


2. About the Digiphoto Quick Start Course

videosThe 16 videos that come with the Digiphoto Quick Start Course add depth to key topics covered in the course. 

There are six modules that make up the Digiphoto Quick Start Course.

  1. Introduction
  2. Exposure
  3. Aesthetic Skills
  4. The Digital Darkroom
  5. Vision
  6. Share

In addition to the six modules, there are 16 videos that reinforces important concepts through illustrations, animations and other graphics, no talking heads. By reviewing both the written material and the videos you have a better opportunity to really understand the content. You will be rewarded for investing the reasonably short amount of time it takes to consume the content with a much better understanding of the digiphoto basics. WIth some practice, you should start to feel much more confidant about your photography and begin to enjoy making images from a whole new perspective. You can view the Overview Module to get a feeling for the content and concepts of the guide. An overview of the major points for all video content has been provided as well.

Review the Movie Index

  • Movie 1 Overview-Introduction to the digiphoto process; Vision plus technical and aesthetic skills.
  • Movie 2 Digital Workflow-Digital photography advantages; Intro to digital workflow; Expressing your vision
  • Movie 3 Cameras-Buying into camera systems; Point and shoot cameras; Cropped frame vs. full frame sensors
  • Movie 4 Basic Camera Kit-Components of a basic camera kit; Cameras and accessories
  • Movie 5 Camera Settings 1-Image quality-RAW-JPEG, Adobe Camera RAW; Difference between RAW-JPEG
  • Movie 6 Camera Settings 2-Intro to exposure modes; Exposure settings; Metering modes, white balance and ISO
  • Movie 7 Exposure Modes-Intro to exposure mode dial; Exposure mode options; Impact of exposure selection
  • Movie 8 Exposure Basics 1-Elements of exposure; Creative effects with exposure
  • Movie 9 Exposure Basics 2-Elements of exposure 2; Equivalent exposure; Creative exposure; Shutter speed and ISO
  • Movie 10 Metering 1-How metering modes and exposure; Impact of metering techniques on your image
  • Movie 11 Metering 2-How the camera creates an exposure; What is the histogram; Exposure compensation
  • Movie 12 Shutter Speed-Controlling motion with shutter speed; Shutter speed as a creative tool
  • Movie 13Movie 13 Depth of Field-Introduction to Depth of Field; Controlling Depth of Field
  • Movie 14 Composition Basics 1-The photographic frame; Lens awareness; Using composition to tell a story
  • Movie 15 Composition Basics 2-Rule of thirds; Fill the frame; Digital darkroom edits
  • Movie 16 Lens Basics-Lenses for cropped/full sensor; Lens speed; Advantages and disadvantages of “fast” lenses

Sample Module

When You Complete a Module, Your Next One Becomes Available Online

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3. Read a Review

“So you just plunked down the big bucks and brought home that new DSLR you have been dreaming of. Check to see if everything is in the box and put it down! Save yourself some time and headache, download Digiphoto Quick Start Guide. Richard Altman has condensed his passion and years of experience into 41 pages of need to know information that will get you started technically on the right track. Then he will help you develop your photographic aesthetic skills and show you how to share them.

Altman starts out with the Digiphoto Workflow providing information on how to shoot play and share your photography. Then he shows the relationship between technical skills, vision and aesthetic skills and how combining these elements will allow you to express yourself creatively.

The Quick Start Guide starts with the technical basics but brings you up to speed rapidly. From f-stops, ISO, and image noise thru histograms, Altman’s clear and concise writing and illustrations will help you understand the digital workflow. You will get a sense of how exposure and shutter speed affects the emotional feeling of your images. After a few lessons on the aesthetic skills you will have your first memory card ready for the digital darkroom. Here the author is a true expert, sought out by professional photographers for his sage advice on digital asset management. Using his advice about creating a master folder and the proper backup are worth the cost of this book!

Volumes have been written on vision and creativity. In a very few words this author has discussed how “you are creative in you own special way” and the very interesting topic of how “art and creative expression are not necessarily the same”. You will find this a brief introduction or a quick review.

Communicating with your photography is probably one of your main goals and the section on sharing will make that happen. Web sharing is thoroughly covered with information on Picasa, Picnik, Flickr, and Facebook. Of particular interest are the terms of service and copyright information which apply to all photographers when they sign onto online sites. Digital photo printing options at home as well as through online sites are discussed with the pro and cons of both options.

According to the author, the objectives of the Digiphoto Quick Start Guide are to “teach the fundamental components of digital photography”, “provide and introduction to the digital darkroom”, and “provide a way to think about photography within an organized framework”. As Altman’s aesthetic skills discussion brings out “The better you get at “seeing”, the better your pictures will be. When you begin to combine your ability to see with good composition, creative camera and digital darkroom techniques, you will be on your way to developing your vision”.

Once you have read Digiphoto Quick Start Guide you can intelligently look for answers to technical questions that relate to your specific camera as you enjoy your ability to express your personal photographic vision.” — Alan Pitcairn


About the Author

raimageI created The Digiphoto Quick Start Guide as a way to introduce motivated people to the use of photography as a means of personal creative expression. My background includes the use of photography in professional communication (MA/Ed Tech) and as art  (MFA Photography). I’ve been working with digital images from both a business and fine art perspective since the early days. When I say early, I’m talking way back. In 1987, for example, I wrote an article for Darkroom Magazine as digital photography was just emerging called “The Electronic Image”.

A lot has changed since then.The advances in imaging technology are truly remarkable and they have changed the medium forever. The current digital tools make it so much easier to learn photography. Having taught both film and digital photography, it’s great to see how quickly people can acquire basic photographic knowledge and then take it so much farther with the new tools of the digital darkroom.

Anyone motivated enough to spend a little bit of time learning the basics can engage themselves in a digiphoto adventure that can literally span a lifetime. Regardless of your photographic interest, getting some good basic info to begin with can help you organize your current and future learning as well as help your evolve your own perspective on making meaningful images. Within the guide, I explain the relationship between the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography as they relate to the creative expression of your personal vision.  As a result you will begin to understand how to develop your own approach to photography that yields images that are meaningful to you.

Instead of just taking a picture, the goal is to empower you to make images that represent your personal vision of your subject.

 


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The Digiphoto Quck Start Guide  

PDF eBook

3dcover6The Digiphoto Quick Start Guide is guide is designed to teach the basics of digital photography so you can quickly start capturing technically correct and visualey interesting images. You may be thinking, big deal, every introductory photo guide does that and you would be right. This guide is different; it introduces the basic photo skills as a set of tools that will help you express your Vision. So what’s Vision and why should you care about it? Read on and I’ll explain.




The Digiphoto Quick Start Course 

6 Module Course

Course6bNot everyone learns the same way. For those who like a little bit of structure and sequential presentation of the material over a set period of time I created the Digiphoto Quick Start Course. The basic content for the course is the Digiphoto Quick Start Guide with the addition of 16 videos and additional course material to help you master the content. Read on I’ll explain.