This course will enable you to get to know your camera and how to get the best from it without over complicating life. We will teach you how to get professional photographs. 80% of all the workshops are practical and we'll be working with non-professional and professional models.
This is aimed at people who have good cameras but would like to understand them better and get great looking photos and are not sure which or all courses to book on. This course also helps us to asses your level and so we are better placed to advise you.
Get the most out of your camera
Camera settings and keeping it simple
If you loved this 'all-rounder' introductory course then you're ready to drill down and make your photography second nature and learn all the skills to be a professional photographer.
You can book onto any one of the course workshops that suits you or you can work your way through them all. Please ask about block booking rates.
Overview of Courses
Each course is a 2-day workshop and are £250 per day per person and run from 9:30 am – 15:30 pm followed by a de-brief.
The courses can be booked individually. There is a discount for block bookings. Student rates apply, please ask for more details.
This program is designed to cater for beginners through to the more advanced student. Each workshop is based on a 2-day session. In this instance, we can move on to the next workshop or add days. There are organised practice days. In this way, you can learn at your own speed.
1:1 Tuition on request (prices may vary)
Diagnosis of your knowledge and ability
Pre-workshop critique of your photography
Workshop projects (you will be set tasks based on what you’ve learnt so far)
Project critique (feedback given on tasks set the previous week)
Workshop notes or quick reference guide
Variety of locations and venues in London & St Albans (shooting indoors and outside)
After completion of all the workshops, your projects will be objectively critiqued by Eti Wade, Senior Lecturer head of the MA Photography at Thames Valley University
Workshop 1 Know Your Craft
This modules main focus is on controlling light and using the camera manually and putting it all into practice. With hands-on experience, 80% practice & 20% theory, you will feel in control of your camera and gain a thorough understanding of correct exposure and delivering a final product online or in print.
Camera Resolution (Megapixels) and Print Size
Effects of post-production cropping
Framing the subject
Rule of thirds
File Formats (Tiff, Jpg, Raw)
Lenses (Focal Lengths, Macro, Prime & Zoom Lenses)
White Balance (Pre-set and Custom)
The Temperature of Light (Natural & Artificial)
Depth of Field (Shallow, Deep, Focal Distance)
Motion (Freezing, Blurring)
Picture Styles / Picture Control (Colour, Black and White, Sepia and creating your own settings)
Manual and Autofocus (Focusing Points, Autofocus Lock, Single or Continuous Focus)
Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority and Program Modes
Controlling and understanding ISO, shutter and focal length and shooting in manual mode
Manual Exposure (ISO, Shutter Speeds, F/Stops and The Light Meter)
Introduction to flash photography and video light (continuous light
Workshop 2 Capturing People
This modules focus is on photographing people in any environment in any light and weather. This workshop is very practical and will give you the skills to work quickly. You will learn the skills and to have the confidence to work professionally and to cope with any challenge your presented with.
Challenges and joys of photographing people
Light and its behaviour (direction, intensity and quality)
Managing Natural Light
Managing Artificial Light
Combining Natural & Artificial Light
Positioning your model for the best light
On-camera flash and speedlights
Off camera flash
Speedlight accessories (stands, softboxes etc.)
Formal & Ceremonial Portraiture
Location shooting with Models
Workshop 3 Landscapes, Environment and Street Photography
This modules focus is on getting correct exposures and understanding good composition and what makes a shot work. This module is all practical where you will be set tasks and look at comparisons. You will be given continuous feedback throughout.
Correct manual exposures
Architecture & parallel lines
Rule of thirds
Area of Interest
Telling a story
Location shooting with Models
Workshop 4 The Human Body
This modules focus is on posing people. You will learn to work with men, woman, children, families and couples. We will look at the rules and what is and what isn’t flattering. You will also get an insight into how you’re coaching your clients.
Training your subject
Photographing woman full length
Face modelling and the light
Hand and arm modelling
Props and features
Sitting and lying poses
Photographing men as above
What makes a formal pose
Making the pose look like a reportage shot
Creating mood and atmosphere
Fun and natural looks
The editorial style of posing for a fashion magazine look
Telling a story
Workshop 5 Creating a Studio Anywhere
This modules focus is on lighting. You will learn to create studio lighting effects indoors and outdoors. We will work with continuous video light and off camera flash lighting using 1 and 2 speedlights giving a professional studio look and creative works of art. The lighting techniques work for people, places and objects.
When to use video lights
When to use flash
Shutter speed and flash
Controlling the colour temperature
Shadows and highlights
Lighting the eyes
Create a white studio set up anywhere with speedlights
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