– Digital Photography Classes

Sharing my passion for photography gives me tremendous satisfaction. Having retired from professional shooting recently, I am now concentrating more than ever, on sharing my knowledge of photography to others.

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Hi everybody,
My courses ONLY have 6 students, and are be individually tailored to each student’s interests.

‘Understanding Digital Photography’ Course Dates
Class sizes – 6 people          (8 x 2 hour lessons including 4 hours of location Workshops)

Night mid-week classes on offer in 2019 …
Monday Night Course (7-9pm)
Tuesday Night Course (7-9pm)
Wednesday Night Course (7-9pm)

Day mid-week classes on offer in 2019 …
Monday Night Course (10am – 12 noon)
Tuesday Night Course (10am – 12 noon)
Wednesday Night Course
(10am – 12 noon)
Note: Classes run on demand and start as soon as I get 6 students for an offered Course

Ring (0415 412 244) if you have any questions, or to check dates for the next course.

I have been running Photography Courses for 13 years (since 2005), at Como Girl Guide hall, teaching over 2,500 people in the Shire (and beyond).  This NEW Course structure will not use this venue, instead, it will be conducted at my Home/Office in Bonnet Bay (Sutherland Shire) near Sutherland.

The course structure/syllabus has been totally changed recently, to now cater for extending an individual’s knowledge tailored to their photographic interests.  This is only possible because I have reduced the number of students for each course from, up to 24 in a class at Como, down to 6.

The courses are compiled of 8 x 2 hour lessons, which includes 6 theory lessons and 2 x ‘hands-on’ location Workshops.  Tasks will be given each week, then, if you wish, images can be handed in to be viewed and discussed (anonymously) the following week.  This will help students improve from this feedback, as the course progresses.

The cost of the course is $200, and this covers the 8 x 2 hour weekly lessons ($25 per week).  Courses offered as evening or daytime courses (see dates at end), and run on demand throughout the year.

This course is designed to be a flow-on course, where students can either complete the 8 lesson Part 1 course, then leave to explore their new skills, or come back to continue the learning curve (maybe with some of your previous class mates).

It is intended to run courses every 8 weeks, with a 4 week break (to practice), before coming back to progress with the next 8 week course.  Again, the course content will be based on the student’s needs and interests moving forward.

Part 1  (Beginner Section) of this Course
This is for people with limited photography knowledge.  I will be teaching you how to get off AUTO and start really creating images that appeal, not from luck, but from understanding your camera settings and functions.

For beginners, the common problem is not understanding, that the light we see, is NOT necessarily the light that the camera will capture, creating frustration from a lack of understanding how to use the camera.

Often a typical comment is ‘the light and dark areas in my images are different to what I saw’?  This results in the shadow detail being darker, and the lighter details being blown-out (overexposed) and desaturated?

We will learn that contrast (the difference between the brightest and darkest areas in an image) is usually our enemy, but can also be our friend, by using that contrast to create good B&W or silhouette images.  We will also look at how the light’s direction can affect the saturation of colours, blow-outs (lost detail) and shadows.

Cameras these days, overwhelm their owners, by the number of menu options, buttons and functions that they offer.  Most cameras have around 200 combined options, and these become very confusing, to the point where it just seems to be too hard, so people just select the camera AUTO setting, and in doing so, lock away 60% of the functionality and creativity available from the camera.

In this course, we will strip this number of options down to 11 essentials, and in understanding these, will give you great results.

We explore the 3 key camera settings of photography that control the way our images look.

      • Shutter Speed
        • How fast the camera takes an image, impacts on how the image can look
        • It needs to be the last setting you check before taking ALL your images
      • Aperture
        • This can increase or decrease the shutter speed
        • Create blur or sharp subjects within an image
        • Control the optical clarity (sweet spot) of an image
      • ISO
        • Controls the sensitivity of light hitting the sensor
        • The higher the ISO number, the poorer quality of the image by …
          • Seeing light brighter, by amplifying the light signal reaching the sensor
          • Created problem – Increases contrast, degrades (noise), desaturates
        • The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive (better result) by …
          • Not amplifying the light reaching the sensor
          • Benefits – Reduces contrast, reducing noise, retains saturation

Part 2  (Advanced Section) for past Students

This section is for people that have a reasonable understanding of the settings on their camera, or past students that have completed my course/s before, and want to review and update what they learnt, to better understand settings and techniques that were covered in the first course, then move forward, to become more confident with photographing a variety of subjects, locations and lighting situations.

There is a strong emphasis on understanding composition – the key to great images.

For more advanced users, it will be about fine tuning skills and techniques, to understand fully you’re options.

With others who have not studied with me previously, you can join this ‘Advanced Section’ if you already have a good understanding of camera settings, but want to extend yourself by learning more advanced photography techniques and composition theory.

This ‘Advanced Section’ is designed to be a flow-on course, where students can either complete the 8 lesson course, then leave to explore their new skills, or come back to continue the learning curve (maybe with some of your previous class mates).  It is intended to run courses every 8 weeks, with a 4 week break (to practice), before coming back to progress with the next 8 week course.  Again, the course content will be based on the student’s needs and interests moving forward.

Note: The opportunity will be there to do other ‘one-off’ location Workshops (perhaps in the City) additional to the course, if there is enough class interest.  We can also include Lightroom techniques into this course.

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‘Understanding Digital Photography’ Course Dates
Class sizes – 6 people          (8 x 2 hour lessons including 4 hours of location Workshops)

Night mid-week classes on offer in 2019 …
Monday Night Course (7-9pm)
Tuesday Night Course (7-9pm)
Wednesday Night Course (7-9pm)

Day mid-week classes on offer in 2019 …
Monday Night Course (10am – 12 noon)
Tuesday Night Course (10am – 12 noon)
Wednesday Night Course
(10am – 12 noon)
Note: Classes start as soon as I get 6 students for an offered Course, so dates only a guide

These courses run on-demand throughout the year, so ring (0415 412 244) if you have any questions, or to check dates for the next course.

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Adobe Lightroom Lessons
Adobe Lightroom is a software product designed for digital photographers. This course module is a 3 1/2 hour lesson for 4 people, to teach you skills in digitally enhancing using the Develop Module in Lightroom.
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Private Lessons
Completely flexible as to times and subject matter. I teach what you want to be taught, when you are available (subject to my other commitments).
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Have some questions? Go to the Contact page to request further information
… or phone Greg on 0415 412 244

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