Teignmouth Digital Photography Course – Make the most out of your Camera
OUTLINE: NOT NECESSARILY IN THIS ORDER. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT PEOPLE WANT!
Practical sessions with feedback, discussion, questions and sharing ideas
1. THE CAMERA: What is it, and how does it work?
comparison of compact, bridge & SLR
Basic camera functions
lens, focal length (35mm equivalent) zoom lenses
program, auto, shutter priority, aperture priority
memory cards, batteries
2. TECHNIQUE: How do I use my camera, and how do I use the controls?
Holding a camera
safe shutter speeds for hand holding
relationship between shutter & aperture, shutter speeds and depth of field
metering patterns: average, multi or spot
correct exposure 18% grey
difficult exposure: light or dark subject? silhouette?
shutter speed, fast, slow
lens aperture, wide, small
choice of subject
3. AESTHETICS: What makes a good photo, and how do I turn my snap into a photograph?
time of day
choice of landscape or portrait
S Z shapes, diagonals
horizons: low or high?
portrait, landscape, square, letterbox
cropping (in computer) or zooming
A Few Common subjects
people: posed, candid, groups, in landscape
landscapes: detail or view
still life: found or arranged
4. POST CAMERA: How can I improve my photo once I’ve taken it?
Simple editing: cropping, correction (exposure, contrast, horizon)
using photos taken during the course
appreciation of each others work
Basic software available
Photoshop, Elements, Image Folio, Picasa, Photo plus etc
Storing digital files
jpg. tif. psd. etc
join a club
most important: keep making photographs
famous photographers in history
BRING WITH YOU:
Camera, batteries (and spare?), memory card (for camera), camera handbook, notebook pen etc.
© Ken Holland ARPS DPAGB 2018