12 episodes

Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

You'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. Finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

This podcast is hosted by photographers & instructors Phil Ebiner, William Carnahan and Sam Shimizu-Jones.

Photography for Beginners | Learn the Basics of Photography Photography & Friends

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    • 4.7 • 9 Ratings

Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

You'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. Finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

This podcast is hosted by photographers & instructors Phil Ebiner, William Carnahan and Sam Shimizu-Jones.

    12 Series Conclusion & Thank You

    12 Series Conclusion & Thank You

    We truly hope you've enjoyed this podcast series. Our goal was to help beginners understand the most basic concepts a new photographer needs to know to improve their photography. 

    We'll continue adding episodes to the podcast based off the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive from the students and members of our photography community. 

    Thanks so much for listening!

    If you want to take your photo skills even further, head over to PhotographyandFriends.com for free tutorials, premium courses, one-on-one coaching, and the friendliest photography community online.

    • 4 min
    11 Why Story Matters for Your Photography

    11 Why Story Matters for Your Photography

    In this episode, we conclude the first series of episodes about the basics of photography by chatting about storytelling with photography. At the end of the day, we are telling stories with our photos. What makes a great photo? A lot of this lies in the eyes of the beholder. Though there are different styles of photography and situations where story elements can be captured in better ways. 

    We hope you enjoy our conversation!

    About this podcast:

    Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

    In this podcast series, you'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. And finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

    If you want to take your photo skills even further, head over to PhotographyandFriends.com for free tutorials, premium courses, one-on-one coaching, and the friendliest photography community online.

    • 14 min
    10 Lighting and Color in Photography

    10 Lighting and Color in Photography

    In this episode, you'll learn all about light and color. We'll cover the light spectrum, light temperature, and how different types of light can change your photos. We'll also discuss how certain colors and color combinations make for better photography.

    Learn more about white balance, light and color here: https://photographyandfriends.com/understanding-white-balance/

    About this podcast:

    Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

    In this podcast series, you'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. And finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

    If you want to take your photo skills even further, head over to PhotographyandFriends.com for free tutorials, premium courses, one-on-one coaching, and the friendliest photography community online.

    • 27 min
    9 Focus, Depth of Field and Bokeh

    9 Focus, Depth of Field and Bokeh

    In this episode, you’ll learn all about focus, depth of field and bokeh. These concepts kind of go hand in hand and can truly change the quality of your photos. You will learn that it is not just about what is in focus or even the fact that is sharply in focus but also how it is in focus and what is not in focus.

    What Exactly is Depth of Field?

    Simply put, it’s the distance between the closest and farthest objects in a photo that look sharp. Cameras can only focus very sharply at one point, but the transition from sharp to blurred is a gradual one.

    Don’t make the mistake of trying to get your images super-sharp and thinking that anything less is no good – there are many different definitions of acceptable sharpness, and they depend on different factors such as the size you are viewing the image at, what you are viewing it on, and it’s got something to do with what’s called the ‘circle of confusion’ – I’m not going to even attempt to explain that one to you, – it’s yet more maths and science, and I think it’s aptly named!

    Bokeh

    One other thing that’s worth a mention while we’re on the subject of DoF is ‘bokeh.’ Bokeh is a Japanese word that is used to describe the aesthetic or pleasing quality of the blur in shallow DoF images. Not all lenses produce the same ‘look’ to the blur in shallow DoF images. The lens determines the shape and size of the bokeh, which is affected by the shape of the diaphragm blades (the aperture) of the lens. Lenses with rounder blades will have more circular, softer orbs in the blur than those with more hexagonal blades. There are actually whole forums and websites dedicated to bokeh and whether a particular lens produces ‘ugly’ or ‘good’ bokeh!

    Learn more and watch video tutorials here: https://photographyandfriends.com/what-is-depth-of-field/

    About this podcast:

    Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

    In this podcast series, you'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. And finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

    If you want to take your photo skills even further, head over to PhotographyandFriends.com for free tutorials, premium courses, one-on-one coaching, and the friendliest photography community online.

    • 15 min
    8 Common Photography Composition Rules and Tips

    8 Common Photography Composition Rules and Tips

    In this episode, you'll learn several of the most popular compositional rules (which are meant to be broken) such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, negative space, balance & symmetry, and more. 

    Watch tutorials and read more about composition here: https://photographyandfriends.com/what-is-composition/

    About this podcast:

    Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

    In this podcast series, you'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. And finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

    If you want to take your photo skills even further, head over to PhotographyandFriends.com for free tutorials, premium courses, one-on-one coaching, and the friendliest photography community online.

    • 23 min
    7 What is Composition?

    7 What is Composition?

    In this episode, you’ll learn what composition is.

    When we choose our subject we are choosing to capture a thing, a person, a sky, anything because it means something to us. Composition is deeply personal, almost as personal as editing style because we view the world based on our own experiences. Whether you want your photograph to simply document, to convey emotion, or just to capture something “pretty,” there are many ways that photography is more than a happy accident of being in the right place at the right time.

    Defining Composition

    Composition is probably the easiest part about photography because it’s simply finding something you want to take pictures of. Every time you make the decision to take a photograph you choose what to include and what to focus on. Composition can be conscious, where you arrange and remove things to add to the aesthetic of the image; or it can be subconscious, where your focus was only on the subject at the time and the whole scene is your composition.

    While it’s easy to understand, it’s not necessarily easy to implement. What the eye sees as being “perfect,” the camera may reveal differently. The arrangement of objects and elements can bring together more than one item, or it can make everything else meaningless save for the focus of the image. A successful composition is one that evokes feeling or meaning to the viewer, not just one that looks good.

    Understand that your composition will change depending on the lens you are using.

    Watch a video tutorial and read more about composition here: https://photographyandfriends.com/what-is-composition/

    About this podcast:

    Are you a beginner photographer who wants to learn how to improve your photography? This is the perfect photography podcast for you.

    In this podcast series, you'll learn how to expose with your camera - using the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You'll learn about composition, and what it takes to compose a better image using photography rules of thumb, as well as knowing how to break those rules. And finally, you'll learn how to tell stories with your photos.

    If you want to take your photo skills even further, head over to PhotographyandFriends.com for free tutorials, premium courses, one-on-one coaching, and the friendliest photography community online.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Kellehersteo ,

This is a great intro…. Get on over and get a course

Ive just finished this Podcast, and just started my “Photography Masterclass” course!
These guys are great, really good for someone just starting out. Ive had my camera some time now but this Podcast really encouraged me to dust it off and start taking photos!

Matthew1375 ,

This is awesome

I’m so glad to have found this pod series. I’m new to photography and it’s overwhelming. These guys really helped. I’m no signed up for third online classes and would 10/10 recommended

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