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The South West Photography School

Over 8 weeks you will cover the following...

1 Starting Out - Camera Basics

2 Focus, Framing and Composition

We start with a look at the basic care and maintenance of your camera, lenses and equipment. You’ll explore the qualities of light, investigate white balance and discover how file sizes together with the sensor cropping factor affect image quality.

The Autofocus system just isn’t accurate enough under certain circumstances and knowing when its best to manually focus your camera is important in order to keep your images sharp. What you then decide to include within the frame and what you leave out creates your composition and you’ll learn some of the basic theories behind visual literacy.

3 Aperture Priority and Creative Depth of Field

4 Exposure, ISO and Low Light Conditions

So what exactly is depth of field and hyperfocal distance? We will show you the effect aperture has on the way an image looks through a range of practical exercises. You will learn how to isolate a subject from its background, by controlling selective focus and blur, and alternatively, how to keep the whole scene sharp throughout.

Understanding the Exposure Triangle is essential when dealing with low lighting conditions. Photographers can make use of their ISO settings to maximise the available light and we’ll consider the use of ISO, practically exploring and giving ways in which to avoid issues of noise and other possible aberrations.

5 Shutter Priority and Capturing that Moment

6 Ev, the Histogram and Metering Modes

Capturing movement photographically requires careful camera shutter speed control and we help you understand the relationship between speed and time which enables you to take photographs which depict a true sense of motion in a really creative way.

Understanding the meaning of histograms and how to use exposure compensation effectively gives you, as the photographer, the ability to fine tune your images by creatively controlling exposure. You will also investigate the role played by each of the various metering modes, when considering how your final photograph will appear.

7 Lenses, Focal Length and Filters

8 Using Flash On and Off Camera

Lenses exhibit distinctive characteristics, and by being aware of angle of view, perspective and compression factors, the photographer can exploit these properties creatively. You will explore the subject of focal length together with the light-controlling capabilities of filters, covering Neutral Density, Graduated and Polarizers.

We take an Illuminating look at the subject of Flash, including both built-in as well as off-camera units to add extra, directional light to help the photographer deal with challenging lighting conditions indoors and out. You will explore fill-in and bounce flash techniques together with the use of flash accessories including soft boxes and snoots.

“If all you want is to take great pictures with your digtal SLR, then this course is a great place to start.

Reading camera manuals isn’t much fun so we’re here to explain it all in a simple and very practical way - no need to feel confused by f/numbers, shutter speeds or depth of field any more.”

Starting Out with your Digital SLR

8 weeks  £250  

Next scheduled course

Friday 1st April 2016

14.00pm to 16.00pm

Can’t make it? Then contact us to arrange an alternative date to suit you.

Starting Out with your Digital SLR Camera

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