Review: Basics of Digital Photography by Rick Allred

Course: Basics of Digital Photography by Rick Allred

I was a newbie with absolutely no knowledge on camera usage or photography techniques. But all that has changed after signing up for Rick Allred's 'Basics of Digital Photography' on Craftsy. Within a week, I was up and about playing around enthusiastically with my boyfriend's camera – only difference is that I actually knew what I had to do to capture a good shot.

Rick Allred's 'Basics of Digital Photography' comprises of 9 short online lessons, beginning with an introduction to using a camera, followed by lessons on various techniques to shooting great photos. Such techniques include controlling light exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO, as well as the camera's lenses.

Rick's lessons are interesting and easy to understand, especially for beginners like myself. What I really like most is that Rick guides with actual examples displayed - for example; viewers get to see the contrast in picture quality between two or more shots as Rick adjusts the camera's ISO or lenses, or the effect of freezing and capturing a fast-moving object or blurring motion as the camera's shutter speed is adjusted. Otherwise I would have been bored to death with only theories and explanations without examples.

Amongst other things, viewers get to learn about how the quality and direction of light affect shots taken, and the fundamental relationship between shutter speed, ISO and aperture which all contribute to light exposure and how light is captured in images. Controlling the depth of field through the camera's aperture is also explained.

Rick also provides tips on creativity and composition guidelines using texture, pattern and shadows to bring out different moods and the best in shots. The course concludes with a lesson on how to manage your media, ie the pictures in your camera – how to download, store and present them, as well as reviewing and comparing between shots taken under auto or semi-auto modes set by the camera against those taken under manually adjusted modes.

Of course, no lesson is ever complete without some practical hands-on experience, so grab that camera of yours and start experimenting!