Welcome to the "Photography Basics" course. I'm thrilled you're here! If you've made it to this page, it means you areinterested in learning about the dimensions of photography, what I call the "art and science" of it. Art is for thecreative side and science to know how to manipulate your camera to achieve the desired results. I am confident thatthis class will allow you to explore both sides. Before you even let the thought complete itself, I don't believe in thewords, "But I'm not a science person!" or "But I'm not artistic or creative!" No one person is ever a math/scienceperson or an arts person. We each have a mixture of these abilities...trust me. Let's experiment together. Exerciseswill touch on a little bit of science and a little bit of art. More than anything, I LOVE questions! You can't learn withoutasking questions! No question is a silly one...trust me, I've heard quite a few! That's where this course can help. Wewill build a community where questions are welcome. (You never know how many people are thinking of the samequestion that you dared to ask.) Throughout this course, I'll present questions to find out why each of us photograph.What first inspired you to pick a camera? What are you using for equipment? Film and digital are both exploredbecause the components of photography are the same. Thank you for joining me in this adventure. I'm lookingforward to working with each of you.
Lesson 1: History of Photography
To understand great photography, we must know its coming of age story. We must also ask ourselves, "Where do wefit in this spectrum?"In this lesson, we will look at the birth, evolution, and future of photography, as well as why each of us photographs.
In this lesson, we will understand the first photographic process that was used to capture a truthful likeness. Seeinghow photography was born, we will also trace its development through the centuries and speculate how it nextevolves. Most importantly, where do we fit into this spectrum?The objectives are outlined as such: - Know who first invented photography and the process that is named after thisperson.- Name 2-3 major players in the evolution of photography, as well as what they contributed to the field.
- Come up with an idea of how photography will be used in the future.- Answer in 2-3 sentences what inspired you to first pick up a camera and capture images and what you hope to "do"with photography (become a fine artist, capture family photos, make a business out of it).
he Birth of Photography
In 1839, when Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre announced to the public that he had invented the daguerreotypeprocess, photography as a medium to capture a truthful likeness was born.