Photo workshop 1

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Workshop 1, A photography introduction.

This workshop’s intent is to introduce, in an academic setting, the basic principals of photography. This course is for the beginning photographer who is knowledgeable in their camera’s functions and capabilities. This course is not intended to be an instructional class in camera operation. This workshop is intended to introduce artistic concepts and combine them with pre-existing technical skill. To get the most out of this workshop is recommended that the student use a DSLR camera, however any digital camera which can independently operate shutter speed and aperture will suffice. 

This course will be a 2 day workshop. Students will learn basic compositional methods, will be given time to photograph, and participate in peer critique sessions. To focus on composition, as with classical education this will be a digital black and white workshop. 

Scheduling guideline:

Day 1:

  • 8:00 am
    • Carpe Diem! – Workshop starts
    • Meet and Greet
    • Lecture
      • Exposure, light metering, intro composition. 
      • Depth of field
      • Shutter speeds, minimal, artistic…. 
      • Lenses
  • 10:00 am – Noon
    • 1st photo shoot, students will work on discussed concepts in previous lecture.
    • This will be followed by lunch (not provided).
  • 1:00 pm
    • Meet back in classroom. 
    • Lecture on critique.
    • Presentation of images and peer critique.
    • Lecture
      • Discuss textures and light angles. 
  • 3:00 – 4:00 
    • End of day 1 
    • 2ed photo shoot. Students are to take the evening to photograph concepts discussed, and to possibly re-shoot images from the 1st photo-shoot based on critique. 

Day 2:

  • 6:00 am – 9:00 am 
    • 3ed photo shoot, “racing the sun”. Students are encouraged to wake up early and take advantage of the morning light. 
  • 9:30 am 
    • Optional coffee session at Artists North, by donation. 
  • 10:00 am
    • Workshop starts, meet in classroom. 
    • Presentation of images and peer critique, photo shoot 2.
    • Review.
    • Presentation of images and peer critique, photo shoot 3.
  • Break for lunch as appropriate, estimate noon to 1:00 pm. 
    • (lunch not provided)
  • Following lunch:
    • Lecture
      • Post processing black and white in Lightroom, and other raw processing software. 
      • Compositional concepts, drawing the eye.
      • Questions. 
  • 3:00 – 4:00 
    • Wrap-up and end of workshop. 
    • There will be time allotted for Q&A after each section. 

This class is open to students ages 15+, and will require a minimum of 6 participants.

Students are required to bring their camera, lenses, notebook, and a writing tool. It is highly recommended that students also bring a laptop, camera card reader (or USB cord to import images), tripod, and a white translucent bed sheet.

* There are prerequisites for this class: 

To avoid a student from falling behind or not understanding the material it is recommended that the student have previously taken camera basics, or a similar course. This course is not intended to be an instruction on how to operate a camera, and the student is expected to have a basic understanding of their own equipment as outlined below:

  • Placing the camera into manual mode. 
  • Changing the ISO
  • Managing the shutter speed and aperture independently of one another. 
  • Changing lenses on DSLR’s. 
  • Manually focusing on capable camera models. 
  • The cost of this workshop is $120 and is due at the start of the workshop.
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