Welcome to the wonderful world of photography and the Learn Photography Portal on B&H Explora. If you just picked up your first camera, or are thinking about getting a camera, or, even if you are a seasoned pro, we hope that you enjoy your educational journey through this course while you enjoy the experience of a photographic journey through life.
photography noun pho·tog·ra·phy \fə-ˈtä-grə-fē\: the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera
Photography is an art. It is an art form that is personal and unique for all who participate in its riches. From birthday-party snapshots, to travel postcards, to memorable natural vistas, to commercial imagery, to abstract fine art, photography is many things to many people. But, it is all photography.
Photography is a technically based art form. Compared to other visual arts like painting, drawing, and sculpture, photography is the genre most dependent on technology. From the earliest camera obscura and daguerreotype images to the digital sensors not yet in production, photography has been entrenched in the world of technology.
Because of this, there is an inherent benefit to knowing the technology behind your camera as it pertains to its physical operation, the camera’s controls, and how the camera and lens work together to bend, control, and record light.
Knowing the basics of how to operate your camera will not only help you make better images, it will help you better express yourself through your photographs. These pages are designed to help you do just that.
Below is a list of our basic educational photography articles in a suggested order of completion. I sincerely hope you enjoy the articles. Thanks for reading and I wish you the absolute best on your photographic journey!
- How Your Digital Camera Works
- Understanding Crop Factor
- Understanding Focal Length
- How Focus Works
- Choosing Autofocus Modes
- Understanding the Exposure Triangle
- Understanding Aperture
- Understanding Shutter Speed
- Understanding ISO
- Understanding Camera Shooting/Exposure Modes
- Understanding Camera Metering Modes
- How to Read Your Camera’s Histogram
- Depth of Field Part I
- Depth of Field Part II
- Depth of Field Part III
- Understanding White Balance and Color Temperature in Digital Images