THIS CLASS WILL HELP YOU:
- Learn the most essential functions of your DSLR camera.
- Gain confidence in putting new features into action.
- Understand basic photographic terminology.
- Get a solid understanding of lighting and composition.
- Figure out how to position yourself and your subject for optimal results.
- Learn to take great photos with the DSLR camera you have without extra gear.
- Feel prepared to move on to more advanced classes.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
This course is for amateur photographers who own DSLR cameras that are predominantly used in automatic. If you feel intimidated by your camera’s dials, buttons and settings, and feel like the photos you take don’t really look as good as they should, this is the course for you. This course is not for photographers that use smartphones or compact digital cameras, or for people who wish to learn highly advanced photographic skills.
TOPICS YOU CAN EXPECT TO BE COVERED:
- Instructions on how to hold your camera correctly, which will help you to get sharp photographs.
- Sound advice on how to choose the right camera lens for each situation.
- The ability to compose photos that are well balanced and very pleasing to the eye.
- The skill to spot creative photographic opportunities that will make your photos stand out from the rest.
- You need a Canon or Nikon DSLR camera (the kind that has interchangeable lenses) – any model will do.
- You don’t need any prior photographic experience.
FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION
DSLR cameras are powerful tools that give you the ability to take stunning photographs that capture all those special things you see and moments you experience – photos that you will cherish for the rest of your life. The key to success is to use the camera correctly and that’s what you will learn in this course.
As a beginner, you may feel overwhelmed and intimidated by all the camera’s dials, buttons and settings, but that will be a thing of the past once you’ve completed this course. My goal is to fill you with confidence, not only when it comes to choosing good settings, but also when you compose your images. By the end of this course, you too will have all the knowledge needed to start taking stunning photos with your DSLR camera.
- Learn what equipment is necessary and how to use it correctly
- Master all the most important camera settings
- Become aware of different light sources and how they influence the look of your photos
- Develop an eye for striking composition
- Learn to look at your surroundings with more creative eyes
This course covers 2 major components of digital SLR photography. Technical components & Artistic Components.
The technical includes how to use your camera equipment:
- How to hold your camera correctly, which helps you to get sharp photos every time.
- Which lenses to use for which photos, so that you can best capture a specific subject or scene.
- How to change lenses correctly in order to prevent irritating dust spots from forming on each photograph.
- What your DSLR camera’s limitations are and how to compensate for them when you’re photographing scenes with high contrast.
- Why and when you should support your camera on tripods or other sources.
- Various shooting modes to increase creativity and control.
- File size and formats.
- White balance and Metering mode (which allows you to influence the ‘warmth’ or ‘coolness’ of your photos and the way that the camera exposes what it sees.
- Drive mode & auto focusing modes and how to set the camera whether you’re photographing something standing still or something that is moving.
- Auto focus point selection changing based on shooting the whole subject or scene, or on a very specific area.
- ISO settings for various lighting conditions.
- Exposure compensation (which allows you to quickly make a photo lighter or darker).
- How to influence the depth of field in your photos in Aperture Priority.
- How to freeze action or capture movement in Shutter Priority.
The artistic involves manipulating your settings & environments to create impactful images:
Dealing with various lighting conditions:
- How to take impactful images with front light, side light, back light, diffused light, and when to use flash.
- When to change the camera orientation from horizontal to vertical.
- How to blur the background of a perfect portrait photos in 4 easy steps.
- How to apply the Rule of thirds to ensure beautifully balanced photos.
- Where to leave the correct amount of space in your photos.
- How to draw your viewers’ eyes into your photos with the help of leading lines.
- How to compose striking images by changing your angle.
Becoming a more creative photographer:
- How to use reflections in your photos.
- What a natural frame is and how to find and use it in your images.
- How to tell a story with your photos.
*There will be three 15 minute breaks during this course & some light refreshments.*