Photo basics

Entry by Derek Casanovas

If you’re looking for places to learn about photography, check out these links:


Mastering Multimedia

A photo a day

Mercury News Photo

Also, remember the “triad” of photos that we talked about:

ISO – sensitivity of sensor to lighten exposure in shots, increase shutter speed if necessary — common ISO: 100, 200, 320, 400, 640, 800, 1000, 1200, 1600

Shutter speed – the unit of measurement which determines the length the shutter is open as the picture clicks — common speeds: 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000 — each is half of the previous speed

Aperture (f-stop) – a measurement that indicates to what degree the lens opens and closes, and thus determines how much of your shot is in focus; controls the amount of light that enters the lens — common f-stops: 2.8, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5.6, 6.3

Again, here’s a good place to start on the basics of photography. And, check out some of our students’ work on the Multimedia subpage on

For good ideas, check out Kirk Hirota’s, The Whitworthian’s photo advisor, Web site, and former Whitworthian shooter/photo editor Nate Chute’s page.


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