Okay, it is time be begin our official first section, which is on the camera. This is where photography starts, so we're gonna look at the camera and what is involved in it. We'll talk about the different camera types that are out there. We're gonna get into the shutter speeds. And then we'll talk about the other camera settings that you need to worry about in there. Now cameras are a funny bunch of things because there's a lot of different ways to describe what type of camera you have. In fact, there are four different ways to describe different categories of cameras. One is the image area, how large of sensor or how large of film might've been in that camera. The viewing system, how do you view your subject with this particular type of system. Then, of course, there's different lens systems. These are the different manufacturers who make cameras and lenses, there's this system and that system. And then finally there's different types of shutter units. And so we might talk about a lea...
f shutter camera. Well, that means a whole particular category of camera. And so we have four different ways, and the industry has not specifically said this is how we're gonna choose to talk about all our cameras. And so sometimes they use one and sometimes they use the other. And for the person who's new to photography, this can be very, very confusing. One of the things that's talked about quite a bit these days is the sensor size. And there's a lot of different cameras out there, and phones, gotta throw those in these days, that have different size sensors. And it's one of the most important differences. At this point it's really the heart of the camera. And so understanding the sensor size is very important. One of the most common sizes is based off of 35 millimeter film. Now 35 millimeter film, I'm guessing that a lot of you have never even shot a roll of 35 millimeter film. Why are we basing photography on some old standard that old fogies like me used to shoot with back in the day? Well, granted there's a lot of people who still shoot it now. But it was the most popular film for quite some time. It was the goldilocks film. It was small enough, but it could produce large enough results. It was just that right medium size. And so that was a very popular size. But there's a lot of other good choices, and that's not the end all, be all of photography. So we are gonna talk about these different sensors in more detail a little bit later on. So these go by kinda funny names, and they have different sizes. And obviously the smaller size sensors can be put into smaller size cameras. And so with photography there's a lot of trade-offs. And there's not a lot of things that are absolutely definitive as to what is the best camera. So when you're looking for a camera, there is no answer for that definitive what is the best camera. It's kinda what is the camera that's gonna work best for my needs? Because there's a lot of different options out there. And so we're gonna be spending the entire section two on the sensor, because there's a lot of things going on and involved with the sensor size. So more for that to come. We're just gonna kinda put a pin in it and come back later.
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