underwater Photo Course :: (1) The Basics :: Where to Start?
Where to Start?
U/W Photo Course
Learn u/w photography the easy way!
For those of you with no previous background in photography it can be a daunting subject
at first - and overly technical at times. Brain damage can result when
you first try to understand F-stops, X synchs, P modes (and all
the other photo jargon that spews forth from most 'teach yourself' books like
alphabet soup). Don't be put off. And don't worry if you don't take it all in first time, we'll cover
all the same ground again in later chapters.
It seems as though the Klingons invented the language that 'serious' photographers use to
communicate (come to think of it, they probably did!).
The first piece of advice then, is to do what Captain Kirk did in such situations - i.e. flip open your
communicator and cry 'beam me up Scottie'! If that doesn't work - then consult
the appropriate section in this book.
Although there is a bit of terminology that
you need to pick up basically it's all very straightforward. Just remember two things:
- if it were that simple it wouldn't be fun
- even the pro's struggled at first.
Here we go then, repeat after me: the very first thing you should master when
taking up photography is exposureRecording light onto photo sensitive devices and materials and this is governed by the
relationship between shutter speed and apertureThe variable diameter hole used to control the amount of light passing through a lens..
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