Essential Photography Concepts to learn

Essential Concepts in Photography

Here are a few topics I consider significant when working towards professionalism in photography. I know many photographers who never studied formally, and plenty of graduates who work in photography.

 

Capturing Images

Composition

Viewpoint

Depth of field

Exposure

Dynamic range

Characteristic Curves

Focal length

Awareness of lighting

Types of film

Digital image sensors

Holding a camera

Move to check alternative views

 

Cameras: Components and Functions

The black box

Film formats

Sensor formats

Lenses

Focal length

Aperture

Field of view

Depth of field

Aberrations

Shutter speed

 

Film Processing

Exposure

Latent image

Time/Temperature/Developer balance

Developer

Stop

Fix

(does anybody want to talk about sodium thiosulfate anymore?)

Wash/Dry

B+W, colour neg, colour transparency

Evaluating negatives

 

B+W Printing

Choosing a negative

Film formats

Lenses

Contact prints

Enlargements

Contrast

Paper types

Burning and dodging

Developer/Stop/Fix/Wash/Dry

RC vs Fibre base

Spotting

Mounting

Digital Production

Digital Workflow

Using Lightroom

Importing Images

File naming

Keywords and metadata

Editing/prioritising Collections (comparing and rating)

Image file types

Image file sizes

Photoshop vs Lightroom

Megabytes is file size/Resolution is output quality

Image adjustments in Lightroom

Image adjustments in Photoshop

Exporting files for different purposes

Digital printing

 

Distributing images

File sizes

File types

Blogs

Social media

Individual website

Magazines

Printed portfolio

Exhibition prints