HOW TO USE YOUR DIGITAL SLR OR MIRRORLESS CAMERA
Saturday, October 21
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Modern digital cameras have extraordinary capabilities, permitting successful, often
beautiful photography under an enormous range of conditions and with virtually any
subject matter. But to access these capabilities beyond the basic snapshot, the photographer
has to be conversant with the appropriate buttons and menus, and fully understand
how each setting affects the final image.
This one-day workshop will cover the important features common to all digital cameras
, be they traditional Digital SLRs or the new breed of mirrorless cameras (sorry,
not smartphones). You will learn the settings for focusing on moving or static subjects,
and how to put the focus where you want, not where the camera wants; for controlling
exposure to create an appropriate mood; for adjusting color balance for a neutral
or enhanced affect; for controlling lens aperture, which affects how much is in or
out of focus (called “depth-of field”); and for controlling shutter speed to either
freeze action or add a sense of motion to a scene. The major camera modes –Scene,
Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual - will be explained, as well
as important menu settings such as RAW, JPG, Format, White Balance, Focus Area and
Reset. Tips about memory cards, batteries and filters will also be provided
The goal is to give you informative control over these wonderful devices so that your
photographs are an expression of how you see the world – or how you would like it
to appear - rather than bland snapshots over which you have no control.
Participants should bring their cameras to class.
EXPOSURE, LIGHT AND COMPOSTITION FOR THE NOVICE
Saturday, November 18
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
For those already familiar with basic camera operation – Digital SLR or mirrorless
- this one-day workshop concentrates on understanding and applying the fundamentals
of any fine photograph: great light, proper and appropriate exposure, and filling
the frame in a compelling manner.
First you will learn the mechanics of adjusting your camera to quickly achieve reliable
and consistent exposures that create the mood and style you’re after, be it silhouette,
moody and mystical, or happy broad daylight. The wonderful tools available in digital
(and some film) cameras will be explained and demonstrated: aperture for depth-of-field
control, shutter speed for motion effects, the various exposure modes and exposure
compensation, highlight warnings and histograms, types of metering patterns, and bracketing.
Also discussed will be polarizing filters, panning techniques, and digital image storage
solutions. Next, you will learn to master light as you find it – daylight and artificial
– and bend it to your needs by understanding time of day, sun and shade, weather effects,
color, simple reflectors and subject placement. Lastly, by viewing scores of wonderful
photographs, you will see how the masters have composed their images within the simple
rectangle to strengthen their message, to lead the viewer’s eye, and to add gravitas
to an otherwise mundane scene.
should bring their cameras to class.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: AFTER THE SHOOT, WHAT NEXT?
Saturday, December 9
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
After photographs are captured - by camera or smartphone - what do you do with all
those digital files? How do you organize and find them in the future? How do you edit,
enhancing, and “tweak” them via the “digital darkroom?” How to you share them, make
slide shows, and even books?
As we blithely make thousands of photographs, having a system for retrieval, viewing
and sharing in the future becomes more and more important. Using the very popular
program, Adobe Lightroom, you will see how it is possible to instantly find any of
your images in seconds, regardless of when or how the photograph was made, and what
you may, or may not, remember about it. In this lecture we will start the workflow
process by demonstrating the proper procedures for downloading, keywording, grouping
Once your images are cataloged properly, the next step is to make the basic adjustments
that all serious photographers use to bring their images to life, to compensate for
exposure limitations, difficult lighting, bad weather, bland conditions, and even
eliminate some things that shouldn’t be there. Using the easy-to-understand visual
controls in Lightroom, you will see how to “polish” an image by adjusting color, contrast,
saturation, cropping, conversion to black-and-white, and even how to make adjustments
to small, local areas of a photograph.
While Lightroom will be the software used for demonstrations, many of its features
and techniques have analogous controls in other software, such as Mac Photo and Google
Once your images have been properly cataloged and “tweaked,” you will see how they
can be widely shared and viewed: turned into prints, attached to emails, uploaded
to social media, shared on your phone or tablet, and easily made into a slide show,
a book or a calendar.
If you have Lightroom loaded on a laptop, you are welcome to bring it and follow
along, but a laptop is not necessary for this class.