You've likely already discovered that there are lots and lots and lots of camera settings. It can seem quite overwhelming and maybe you've said no thanks, I get perfectly nice pics with the automatic setting. There's nothing wrong with taking your pictures on full auto but here's the thing to keep in mind...your camera is making ALL the decisions for you. Sometimes that works okay and other times not so much.
During the beginner workshops, you discover how to take more control of the camera and take photographs that represent what you actually see with your eye. How to freeze action or capture motion. How to take those portraits with nice background blur that makes your subject stand out in the picture, or capturing all the fine details in a landscape photograph. You learn which camera settings matter the most, so you have the best chance to take the photos you want.
Aperture, shutter speed and ISO - those 3 are most often described as the foundation of photography and together are known as the "exposure triangle." So of course we spend time with each of those settings and how they work together to create digital images. There are a number of other settings that also have an effect on your photograph based on your subject, the scene, the lighting conditions etc.
To learn a bit more about exposure settings click here for a quick lesson.
As you adjust your aperture the depth of field will change. That's an important consideration when you are choosing how much detail you want to have in focus. We cover that in detail as well as how the level of your ISO impacts the overall sharpness of your picture.
To learn a bit more about depth if field click here for a quick lesson.
We also talk about how to properly focus based on what you wish to capture... single shot auto-focus for stationary subjects, continuous auto-focus for moving subjects, choosing auto-focus points and when manual focus is helpful and how to do that. We go over all those dial modes on your camera as well as settings like white balance and exposure compensation. Don't worry, we always take it step by step in a building block process.
To learn a bit more about focus modes click here for a quick lesson.
One of most vital elements of photography is light, and we touch on it throughout every workshop. We talk about natural light of course but also cover creative options such as diffusing light, how you can bounce light using a reflector, how to properly use external flash, and generally what to look for in terms of light whether you are indoors our outdoors.
Having said all that, I don't overwhelm participants with too much information during the beginner classes - my primary goal is to give students a great basic foundation that is understandable and that each person can put into practice immediately.
It's a fair amount of information to digest in 3 1/2 hours but we focus most on the most important things and also go through practical exercises with different settings throughout the class. I look forward to seeing you at the next beginner workshop. Follow us at Facebook to be informed about when it is scheduled.
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