Fundamentals Zone 0
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Photography Tools and Techniques

This two day workshop is offered for free as a foundation course and introduction to the Zone System, led by Daniele Longo. The course will take place on the xth and xth of June 2021 from 10am EDT to 12 Noon EDT via Zoom. Registration required.

Zone 0

This chapter is for everyone interested in learning or revisiting the most common fundamentals of photography tools and techniques.

If you are new to photography, ZONE 0 is a must! The content of this chapter will project your learning in the right direction.  It will also enable you to follow the content of all the other Chapters in the Zone system.

Here we explain and show fundamentals from exposure, camera controls, lenses to the flashlight, and studio gear.

This class is offered for free as a foundation course and  introduction to the Zone system. Registration is required.


What is Covered

General Principles, How and image is formed
Light leaves and impression, we record that impression.
Scene observed into rooms with a hole in the roof, CAMERA OBSCURA is born.Painters used CAMERA LUCIDA to be closer to reality.
Principle of a pinhole camera

From film to sensor a mechanical process or digital instrument to keep that impression, to record the light impression.

-Camera General Principles
Light enters the camera , its trace is impressed on a screen, we see this impression through a mirror and a view finder. We press to capture the mirror goes away the light reaches the sensor for a specific time and quantity.
Digital Single Lens Reflex, mentioning other types of camera?

Camera Sensors
Bayer array, AA filter, FF vs APSc

Camera Controls plus basic Settings
Overview of a common functions, wheel and buttons on cameras (Inexpensive DSLR have only one wheel) Where to change Shutter, Aperture, Iso, Access to RAW file White balance. Play, Zoom, Delete, Format Memory Cards, Battery, attaching lenses.

Exposure and Exposure controls
ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed
What they are what they do!
Reading Histograms

Shooting Modes
M, AV, TV and B

Type of lenses: Zooms and Fixed
Fish eye, super wide, wide, normal, tele and super tele. Tele Converter.Lenses and aesthetics how to use and not to use them

Macro Lenses and More
Macro lenses, Close up Filters, Bellows, Extension Tubes, Inverting Lens.

How to focus
Auto Focus, when and how, Manual focus when and how, Changing focusing points. AF DRIVE.

Focus Issue what to look for
Camera movement, Subject movement, low iso, closed aperture, slow shutter

Depth Of Field
The 3 methods to increase or decrease DOF

Long Exposure with Movement
Water fall example, crowd, light trail ect.  How to

Filters and camera accessories
Filters, glass and Plastic, Filter holders, Contrast B & W Correction, Polarizing, ND
Lens Hood, Shutter cable, Cleaning devises. Step UP filters.

White Balance
What is WB, Auto WB, Custom WB, WB settings.

Tripods and Tripods Head
Carbon fiber vs Aluminum  Portability vs Stability
3Way Head vs Ball Head
Speed vs Precision

Light Meter
How to operate a light meter

Studio Gear
Coloramas how to set them up, Stands, Clamps, Spigots, Barracudas, How to clamp a light without stand

General light

Quality hard, soft, natural artificial, where to look for it how to use it intro

Studio light
Overview, light modifiers, Monolight, Power Packs, Continuous light.

Why and when, Capture One, Ligthroom mentioning other free software too.

Photoshop Selections + Cut out
Pen tool, Magic Wand, Lasso, Marquee, Selection and Mask

Photoshop Performance
Automate, Script, Resizing Images, Saving Files, Action, Tabs, Guides Rulers and Grid

Photoshop Sharpening methods
High pass, Sharpening filters, Sharpening tool

Photoshop Frequency Separation
For retouching skin

Photoshop layers Non Destructive Methods
Layers, Adjustment Layers, Layer Options, Masking, Blending modes, Smart Objects

Photoshop Overview on Color and Exposure Adjustment
Curves, Level, Exposure, Color Balance, Color Filter, Selective Color, Gradient Map, Saturation

Photoshop Composite
Double Expose effect, Basic Composite With background swap

This class is offered for free as a foundation course and  introduction to the Zone system. Registration is required.

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