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THIS COURSE RUNS OVER 4 CONSECUTIVE TUESDAYS FROM 19TH. JULY TO 9TH AUGUST. PRICE IS FOR ALL 4 SESSIONS

Do you have a fancy DSLR/mirrorless camera, but do not know what settings to use? Do the numbers and dials baffle you so much that you just keep your camera on automatic? Do you want to take your photography to the next step and start setting up your own studio shots? Then this is the course for you.

Led by experienced photographer and tutor Owen de Visser, the course runs over 4 weeks, allowing participants to learn and enhance their photography skills.

Participants need no previous knowledge of photography or settings, but a basic knowledge of maths is helpful. Photography is a balance of art and science, so being able to understand numbers and simple sums is beneficial.

The course runs over 4 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays from 6.30-9pm, at Lux Gallery & Photography Studio in Edgbaston. Maximum 5 participants.

Attendees should bring the following equipment with them: DSLR/Mirrorless camera with at least one lens, battery and memory card. A tripod if they own one.

COURSE OVERVIEW

19th July – Introduction to photography:

  • History of photography
  • What is a photo?
  • How a camera works
  • How light works
  • 3 parameters of photography (shutter speed, aperture, ISO)
  • Basic camera settings
  • Live demo changing these settings
  • White balance
  • Different lenses
  • Focus settings
  • Drive motor and other features
  • Quick example of RAW vs JPG. Benefits/drawbacks of both
  • HOMEWORK & TASKS

 

26th July – Street Walk around Edgbaston Village. Putting Theory into Practice. Composition & Controlling your Settings. Manual Mode:

  • Composing
  • Rules of composition
  • Manual mode out in the field
  • Feedback and advise throughout
  • Photography tricks
  • Short street walk from studio in Edgbaston Village
  • Freezing motion
  • Motion blur and creating energy
  • The focus on an image
  • Landscape/cityscape
  • Framing
  • Basic portrait session with ambient/natural available light
  • Switching to manual
  • HOMEWORK AND TASKS

 

2nd August – In the Studio. A Lighting Workshop:

  • Building a shot using a tripod
  • Posing subjects
  • Participants to pose and take photos of each other
  • Learning to be both sides of the camera
  • Different types of light
  • Hard/soft light. Diffusion
  • Ambient light. Advantages/disadvantages
  • Constant light
  • Hard/soft light
  • Flash light
  • Modifiers
  • Lighting a person
  • Photographing an still life scene
  • Photographing a smaller object
  • Photographing artwork
  • Photographing small objects
  • Tethering
  • HOMEWORK AND TASKS

 

9th August – Editing and Processing:

  1. Shooting in RAW
  2. Tethering
  3. Lightroom session
  4. Photoshop session
  5. Owen will demonstrate Lightroom & Photoshop to participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with them where possible. 2 iMac computers can be supplied to members who do not have access to these
  6. Recap session / General Q&A

 

If you have any questions or special requests that are not covered above, or have any special access/comfort requirements, please contact us before booking, to make sure we can adhere to your request

 

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