More Than the Basics - DIGITAL Photography
More Than the Basics - DIGITAL Photography
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Instructor: John B. McComb
Dates: Tuesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm November 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2017.
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible.
Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking
Class size: minimum 4, maximum 10
The eye and the digital camera, seeing and you
This beginner to intermediate digital photography course is designed to help digital camera owners take better photographs by understanding key photographic skills, techniques, terms, and methods. The course will include: lectures, hands on exercises, in-class demonstrations, weekly assignments, and photograph examples demonstrating both problems we can encounter, as well as success we can have applying the techniques and knowledge in this course.
Upon the completion of this course, students will be knowledgeable about exposure, depth-of-field, focus modes, settings, ISO and shutter speed “strategies”, and basic composition. You will know how to review your own photographs “in camera” and how to identify a problem in order for you to improve.
Apply the science of human vision and nature to the lenses and sensor of the camera. Teaching methods include:
- Lecture: “Slide based" text and photo presentation plus printed handouts with space for student notes, ideas and questions.
- Photographic examples: All sessions’ utilize photography done by the instructor to complement or illustrate topics.
- Hands on: each session will include hands-on segments demonstrating and allowing students to practice a given photographic technique or camera operation presented.
- Class Demonstrations
- Weekly Assignments designed to utilized skills obtained in previous session. Weekly Feedback/reviews available for students who submit their assignments from the previous session.
Session 1) The Camera: Control and Operation, Lenses and exposure.
- Depth of field, Lenses.
- The Mode Dial.
- Continuous shooting/self-timer.
- White Balance.
- Auto-focus/Auto-Exposure lock.
- Metering modes and functions.
- Shooting modes and Picture Styles.
- Playback, Shooting and menu settings.
Session 2) Light Control and focusing.
- Program, Aperture, Shutter, and Manual Modes.
- Shooting in RAW, and understanding key benefits.
- Dynamic Range.
- How to count the STOPSs!
- Understanding wide and narrow depth of field.
- IOS Control and strategies.
- Focus modes, points, and zones.
Session 3) Composition, taking photographs and editing.
- Composition fundamentals: The rule of 3rds, Filing the frame, Lines & Patterns, Orientation.
- Learning to arrange elements in a scene.
- Exposure Compensation and Bracketing.
- The Exposure Histogram.
Session 4) Photography, Techniques, and equipment.
- Basic Flash – on camera, and off camera.
- Filters – Protection, UV/haze, polarizer and neutral density.
- Tele-converters – STOP factors.
- Tripods, Monopods and supporting equipment.
- Memory Cards – speed and size – tests and considerations.
- Image quality - Full Frame and Crop Sensor; Crop Factor.
John is an avid wildlife and nature photographer, photography instructor, and photo group leader. For the past 10 years, he has been roaming throughout southern Wisconsin, discovering and capturing our states beautiful parks, rivers, wildlife and scenery. For the past 2 years, he worked full time teaching various photography classes and seminars, leading group outings, sales, freelance videography and is volunteer Photographer/Visual Story Teller for The American Red Cross.
John is a new instructor for PhotoMidwest, and is very much looking forward to bringing his “show, tell, and try” style of teaching, where he likes to make a lecture/class feel more like workshop.
All student cancellations will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from any refund remitted. Cancellations more than thirty (30) days before the start of the first class session are refundable, less the above processing fee.
Cancellations at thirty (30) to fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in refunding half (50%) of the fees except for some classes where this is not feasible due to contractual arrangements with the instructor(s) and/or venue. Such exceptions will be noted in the listing of those classes.
Cancellations less than fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in the loss of all fees. You may arrange to have someone else fill your slot in the class but we must be notified of this substitution as soon as possible. PhotoMidwest will have no involvement in any transfer of funds related to such substitutions. If the slot in the class is not used, we will consider it as a donation to PhotoMidwest and as such, it may qualify as tax deductible.
In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by PhotoMidwest, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.
By enrolling in this course, you consent to PhotoMidwest taking and publishing photographs of the course, which may include you, in its promotional materials to communicate what our classes, events, and/or facilities are like to potential members. To clarify, PhotoMidwest will never publish photographs YOU took without your specific written permission.