Photography: Digital Camera Skills next offered:
This hands-on workshop helps you create great images without getting lost in technology. Four 3-hour sessions will answer your technical questions, and allow you to progress to the creative side of using your camera. Using images and real-world analogies to demonstrate choices of apertures, speeds, picture settings, ISO settings and filters, we make learning photography intuitive and fun.
Weather permitting, we will venture outside for a shoot or two. Weekly assignments will reinforce class content and speed your progress.
what we cover—in detail
(always customized for the students in attendance)
- Know your Camera
- manual and autofocus
- picture settings
- sensor cleaning
- sensor size
- care and handling
- other lenses
- Controlling Exposure
- ISO settings
- shutter speed
- white balance
- photographing indoors
- Seeing and Composing
- color and compositional awareness
- black and white—seeing in tones
- it’s all about the light
- Creative Choices
- depth of field
- selective focus
- using light to your advantage
- Working with your files
- Why shoot RAW?
- file formats, lossy vs. nonlosssy
- processing your RAW and JPEG picture files for precise creative results.
- Using your photos
- printing photos yourself
- having others print your photos
- preparing photos for web use
Knights & Damsels, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. © 2015 Carla Fraga
In general, any camera that can record raw files, and/or that has a hot shoe for flash is sufficient for the class.
To get the most out of this course, students should bring a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) or an advanced compact camera, such as the Canon Power Shot G series or Panasonic Lumix.