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Digital Photography 101: The Basics and Beyond!

Course Description

Using both lectures and "hands on" practice, our instructors cover each topic from the basics to an intermediate level. Over the years of teaching, we have found those students with experience benefit greatly from the review of the basics as they advance their photographic skills to the next level. The beginners not only receive the basics of digital photography, they are exposed to a more advanced level allowing students to achieve the skill level that best fits them. Students completing this course routinely tell us the that teaching the basics combined intermediate level skills works extremely well. This course includes homework assignments, lectures, "hands on practice" and 1 class in the field (weather permitting). The course study guide make a great "cheat sheet" for future reference and it is included in the price of the course!

 

Course Topics Include

Week 1:
Composition, Critiquing, Files types.

Week 2:
Exposure Including ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture (f-Stop), Exposure Compensation, Exposure Modes (Program, Aperture Priority / Aperture Value, Shutter Priority / Time Value, Manual), and more.

Week 3:
How to tell if you have the correct exposure using Histogram, Highlights display mode and other tricks of the trade.

Week 4:
Auto and Manual Focus including different auto focus modes and how to make the camera focus on your subject - Did you know virtually all modern cameras come out of the box setup to automatically select what to focus on? Is your camera focusing on what you want or what it wants?

Week 5:
Lenses including depth of field, what lens terminology means, what to look for when purchasing your lenses, how lenses affect your photos - ever have a tree branch look like it is growing out of your model's head even though the tree was 5 feet behind your subject? If so your choice of lens focal length may have been the culprit.

Week 6:
"Hands-on" review in the field and time permitting our instructor will show students some fun techniques like "Painting with Light" or how to make your child appear to be a "see through" ghost for Halloween photos!

Week 7:
Flash photography, flash exposure and how to tell if it is correct, flash exposure compensation, flash techniques including bounce flash, how to purchase the right flash for your needs and budget, flash accessories to improve your photos and more.

Week 8:
Review, fitting the pieces together and equipment questions and answers.

Requirements

Digital SLR and 1 or more lenses. In some cases advanced point and shoot cameras including "Micro Four Thirds", Nikon 1 and similar cameras with 1 or more lenses may be acceptable as long as they have the following exposure modes.

• Programmed / Program / Sensitivity Priority.
• Shutter Priority/Time Value.
• Aperture Priority/Aperture Value.
• Manual.
• If you are not sure if you camera can be used for this course please ask us.
• Approximately 20 - 30 minutes per week for practice and homework assignments (most homework is optional but it is helpful to students).
• One or more memory cards for your camera.

Class Size

4 to 20 students.
Most classes have 8 to 12 students.

Schedule

Our Digital Photography 101: The Basics and Beyond! course is available in following formats. Each format is a total 16 hours and covers the exact same information.

1. Standard 8 week group course. 1 class a week, for 8 weeks. 2 hours per class.

2. Private Lessons:1 class a week, for 8 weeks. 2 hours per class.

3. Private Lessons: 2 Day course. 1 weekend, 1 class on Saturday and 1 class on Sunday. 8 hours per class.

4. Private Lessons: 2 Day course. 2 weekends, 1 class on Saturday or Sunday and 1 class the following Saturday or Sunday. 8 hours per class.

5. Private Lessons: 3 Day course. 3 days, 1 class per day approximately 5 hours per class.

6. Private Lessons: 3 Day Course. 2 or 3 weekends, 1 or 2 classes / weekend. Usually two 6 hour classes and one 4 hour class but we can customize the time per class to better fit the student's schedule if needed.

Private Lessons can be scheduled during the week when the studio's photography schedule permits, contact us for more information.

Dates and Times

Group A
Beginning Date: Tuesday January 2nd 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: North Studio - please contact us for the address before registering for this course. The location is near Lebanon, Ohio.

Group A full and we are no longer accepting students - Private lessons are available contact us for more information.

 

Group B
Beginning Date: Thursday August 3rd 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: North Studio - please contact us for the address before registering for this course. The location is near Lebanon, Ohio.

Group B full and we are no longer accepting students - Private lessons are available!

 

Group A full and we are no longer accepting students - Private lessons are available contact us for more information.

To be placed on our waiting list or if you have any questions, please contact us.

 

Registration

To download the registration form and register by mail click here. Payment by Check or Credit Cards accepted.

Register by phone at (513) 742-4552

To register on-line click here (Link not available for full courses and workshops). Please note: Our web store is hosted by an independent company (PhotoReflect) which charges us a percentage of each sale, there is an 18% surcharge to cover this additional cost to us.

 

Cost

$150.00 per student for scheduled group courses both 8 week and 4 week versions. Add up to 3 friends for $75.00 each.

$250.00 per student for private 1 to 1 course 2 or 3 day versions. Add up to 3 friends for $75.00 each.

$500.00 for private 1 to 1 course 8 week version. Add up to 3 friends for $75.00 each.

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