Photography Lessons

 

Photography Lessons

TOPICS OFFERED

Digital Photography

Photography Lessons – Learn various photographic techniques, qualities and effects and how to get the most out of your camera and how to process your images using imaging software such as Lightroom and Photoshop. Digital photography is very much a two step process and using software properly could be the difference between a good photo and a brilliant one. Use of apps such as Hipstamatic and Dubble. Sharing images using social media such as Flickr, Facebook and Instagram.

Choice of Equipment

Help with finding the best equipment for your requirements.
Explanation and comparison of different camera systems – compact, cropped and full-frame DSLR’s and mirrorless.
Lenses, filters, tripods, flash, reflectors & diffusers etc.
Software.
Printers.

Camera Use

Learn camera settings and what effect they have. Some of the specific topics covered are:

  • ISO
  • Aperture – f stops and depth of field
  • Shutter Speeds
  • Shooting Modes: Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority & Manual
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Light Metering
  • White Balance
  • Software
  • Raw v JPG
  • Auto Focus Modes
  • Live View
  • Flash

Composition and Creativity

Choice of subject.
What makes a good image?
Lighting effects such as fill and bounce flash and back-lighting.
Intentional camera movement & panning.

Management and Organisation Images

Create an image library where you can find any image easily and quickly.
Create collections.

Image Editing

Adobe Lightroom

How Lightroom works – Importing and organising images.
Converting to DNG and renaming.
Applying keywords and rating images.
Creating collections.
Creating virtual copies.
Basic editing – the histogram explained, adjusting white balance, tonal adjustments, curves, colour adjustment controls.
Use of tools – brush tools, red-eye, gradiants, healing and cloning, cropping and straightening.
Create black and white or monochrome images.
Noise reduction, sharpening and removing chromatic aberration.
Applying Lightroom presets to make dramatic adjustments with one click of the mouse.
Use of keystrokes to speed up the editing process.
Exporting images in various file formats for different applications.
Creating presets to simplify and speed up the editing process.
Creating print templates, slideshows and books.

Adobe Photoshop

Basic tools – brushes, selection tools, cloning and healing,
Using layer masks.
Retouching using the spot healing, healing, patch and clone tools and content aware fill.
Filters, noise reduction, sharpening.
Techniques for dodging and burning.
Use of keystrokes to speed up the editing process.
Exporting images in various file formats for different applications.

Printing

Basic colour management.
Preparing images for printing.
Make prints on a state-of-the-art professional printer.

Venue

Lessons usually take place at my home using my computer and equipment or your equipment/
laptop. Practical sessions take place out on location and/or in the studio.

Cost

Photography Lessons for one person – £33 per hour
Photography Lessons for two people – £45 per hour

Printing – negotiable depending on size, number and paper choice.

 

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