Ted Forbes is a photographer, filmmaker and media producer. He has a popular web series, works as the multimedia producer for the Dallas Museum of Art, and teaches at Brookhaven College. His work can be seen at http://theArtofPhotography.tv .
The stunning black and white photography of Ansel Adams has made him a household name, but for photographers, Adams is significant for more than this. Adams, and fellow photographer Fred Archer, developed a method of determining the best exposure for film, in order to create the best print—it’s called the Zone System. In this lesson from The Art of Photography, Ted describes how the system uses tonal mapping, and how you can fix blow-outs or increase tonal range, for a perfectly exposed image.
Learn how to improve your digital photography using HDR techniques. In this mini-photography course, Ted Forbes will give you tips on how to create HDR effects using Photoshop and Bridge. Apply these techniques to capture the full range of brights and darks in a scene to avoid over- and under-exposure.
Black and white photography can be used to create a certain aesthetic for your work; and if you are shooting film, you need only to use a filter to capture great black and white images. But if you are shooting with a digital camera, it is actually better to shoot in color, and then convert your image to black and white using editing software. In this lesson from The Art of Photography, Ted Forbes describes how to use the channel mixer and gradient map to convert your color images to black and white.
Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, and the art of photography has been around for only the last two centuries— that is, about 1/281,250,000th of our planet’s history. But did you know that the principles of photography date back millennia; that in 400 BC, a Chinese philosopher described a pinhole camera, more than two thousand years before it would be created? In this lesson from The Art of Photography, learn how photography was developed, and get excited about where it is going!
Exposure, aperture, shutter - oh my! Demystify your SLR film or digital camera with this beginner’s lesson about photography, exposure, and manual camera settings. Ted Forbes will teach you about F-stops, and how to adjust shutter speed and aperture to get just the right exposure level. Apply these techniques to take high-quality portraits, landscape images, and action shots.
Though the creation of art is not formulaic, it does require more than luck and raw talent. In this photography tutorial, Ted Forbes discusses the elements required to create art, focusing on composition and the guideline known as the Rule of Thirds. Forbes illustrates the “golden mean” with examples by famous photographer Arnold Newman.