Aimed at beginners, Foundation Course: Black & White Photography is part of a structured series of tutorials that explain the basic skills and techniques of photography in relation to a specific subject area. Written by experts, each book is divided into six main sections: Basics, Lessons, Revision, Project, Analysis and Progress. This chapter explains the concept of photography in a concise, easy-to-follow manner. There’s information on the types of camera, lenses, tripods, filters and other useful accessories; the basics of exposure, metering, aperture and shutter speed, ISO, dynamic range, histograms, exposure compensation and using filters. There’s also information on colour and composition, including the effects of light, the effects of colour on the perception of a photograph, plus how this changes when shooting black and white.