What Is Digital Photography?

Learn about digital photography from graphic design consultant Chanelle Henry in this Howcast video.

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Canon, Nikon, Fuji, like which camera is right for you? Being a designer, coming form a designer point, what camera, if any, should you, you know, be familiar with?

I started out using a Nikon, and it was mainly just because I wanted to take my own photos. A lot of the times when we do stuff for, whether it's sketching or concepting or anything in the design field, we want to be able to utilize our resources.

Sometimes we need stock images, sometimes we don't want to pay for stock images, and sometimes we're able to take those photos that we need ourselves, which is why it's always good to learn a little bit of the basics for digital photography. I switched over to a Canon about a year ago when I wanted to do more video, but there really isn't a preference.

As long as you know a little bit about ISO, a little bit about exposure, exposure time, your shutter, shutter speeds, you don't have to have 17 different lenses and millions of classes and millions of lighting. I started out actually just taking photos outside, because it was just easier to work with the sunlight than to work with my own lighting. A really good book that I would recommend is understanding exposure, and it's a really thin book. It teaches you how to focus on exposure to make your images come out good.

It's one of those things were it could help you in the long run, not only for stock images, but for making images for your own portfolio. But it can also help you to kind of maybe have a hobby when you don't want to be in front of the screen, or maybe take photos of inspirations, which you can also do from your iPhone or any other similar device.

But it's really good to know the basics of photography, and you can take a quick class off of Skillshare, and maybe even just a quick tutorial, just to see if that's something that you want to do. Photography again is a vast subject, but it can help in the long run.

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