Discover, Learn, and Improve Your Photography Skills!
Where – a private studio in Middletown, NJ
Timeframe – 6 hours
Light refreshments will be served
The Beginner topics are Basic Exposure Controls of Your Camera, The Characteristics of Light, and Post Production/Image Quality
The Intermediate Topics are Composition, Posing, and Studio Lighting
We’ll have a model to work with during the lighting segment of the class!
The Basic Exposure Controls Of Your Camera
- Learn how to use your camera in Manual mode for the most control and creativity.
- We will cover Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Auto, and full Manual.
- We will cover the most common types of focal length lenses and what situations are best for your photography
- We’ll discuss the benefit of off-camera lighting instead of the camera’s pop up flash
- Learn different types of light, including the color of light, and the effects of directional light
- What is ISO, formerly known as “film speed”?
- Why is image size/quality important?
- Students to bring their owner’s manual
The Characteristics of Light
Learn to use your camera’s internal light meter
- How to control exposure issues – over and underexposed images
- What causes red eye and how to avoid it?
- Using an off-camera flash unit (students do not need to have one for this class)
- Shooting outside – how to best utilize the sunlight
- What is white balance, and how is it used?
Post Production/Image Quality
Photoshop, Lightroom, iPhoto – oh my! Photo editing software overview.
- What medium will the final image be used for – printed material, photo albums and prints, web, email?
- Editorial selection – learn to “shoot to edit”
- Creating folders and organizational structure
- Back up your images! This is critical.
- How to batch process your images to enhance your workflow and output for different media
- What is non-destructive editing?
The Intermediate Class
Composition – Learn techniques to improve the artistic quality of your images and what you should include or leave out of the shot.
Posing – Simple techniques to flatter your subject and how to highlight or minimize certain features
Lighting – Using a light meter, controlling ambient light, and classic portrait lighting