Take control of your camera! This hands-on, practical course is for beginners and amateurs who have a Digital SLR camera but are unsure of how to progress from the automatic button mode. You’ll be introduced to the basics of how aperture, shutter speed, lighting and composition control the creative Process of capturing images.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of camera handling and functions of your Digital SLR.
  • Get the most out of your SLR and its many capabilities and settings to use to creative effect; with an emphasis on hands-on practical field trips.
  • Train your eye to capture great images through the creative process of controlling lighting, shutter speed, aperture, exposure control, white balance, ISO settings and focus options.
  • Give that edge to your photographs by learning how to turn an average photo into a great one through composition and depth of field.

Have the confidence and skills to shoot a variety of subjects including: portraits, landscapes, architecture, nature, motion, macro

Course Prerequisites

  • No prior photography knowledge is required. This course is best suited for those who have a digital
  • SLR camera, or compact digital camera that support manual mode.
  • Bring your camera lenses, manual and cable.
  • Memory cards. At least 1GB card. Charged camera battery and a spare battery if possible.
  • Tripod, if you have one.

Lesson 1

  • Basic Functions of a Camera
  • The Exposure Triangle

  Lesson 2

  • Depth of Field.
  • Light Metering Modes and how to use them effectively.
  • Exposure compensation.
  • White Balance.
  • Focus.
  • Image Quality & Image Size.
  • Bracketing.
  • Lenses and which ones do I really need.

 Lesson 3

  • Field Trip 3-4 hours, early Morning.

Lesson 4

  • Composition
  • How to achieve a well-balanced photograph
  • Perspective, Angles and lenses
  • Rules (and when to break them)

 Lesson 5

  • Lighting
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about natural light (the magic hours)
  • Introduction to studio light, Key & Fill Light.

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