– Understanding Digital Photography

My courses have been running for over 10 years now, with more than 2,200 students participating.

Two Courses on offer in Term 4, 2017
Monday Night Course     18th September – 27th November, 2017
Tuesday Night Course     19th September – 28th November, 2017
(0415 412 244 ) to inquire

This Understanding Digital Photography Course teaches you how to get off AUTO and start really creating images that appeal, not from luck, but from understanding your camera. It is designed for people with little or no digital photography experience or those with a limited knowledge that want to expand their skills.

This course  is a 10 class/workshop (30 hour) mid-week night course. I run this  30 hour Photographic Course which is split into 6 theory lessons and 4 hands-on location Workshops, every term.

The cost of the course is $250

Gift Certificates are available …

It is a 30 hour theory based course that includes 4 practical workshops.  A Como Pleasure Grounds landscape workshop, a Cronulla Beach night long exposure workshop, a Camellia Gardens exposure and portraiture workshop, and a studio workshop taking portraiture and still life.  It is as much as taking different subjects in different lighting conditions, as using the cameras modes and functions as many ways as you can, to have a better understanding of your camera and digital photography.

Classes will be held at Como Girl Guide Community Hall, on the
corner of Warraba & Mulyan Streets, Como.

The Courses are designed to allow you to:

  • Learn how to use your camera to its potential, by getting off the AUTO mode.
  • Teach you how to develop compositional techniques, and understand the amazing difference good composition makes.
  • Help you learn what setting to have your camera on to achieve the best results when taking different subjects, no matter whether you prefer to take landscapes, portraits or sport.
  • Teach you to understand exposure (the biggest problem we have with digital photography).
  • Learn how to get sharp images and avoid blur!
  • Gain an understanding of the functions & menus on your camera.

We start from scratch, and cover from the basics up.  No prior knowledge or understanding of a camera or techniques is necessary.

A lot of people that attend my classes, are doing so to achieve better results, but I always find that a lot are only shooting AUTO mode, missing the opportunity to become artistic or creative with their photography because of the limitations in using Auto.  I will change this, but from understanding – not from experimentation.

The Course is structured around DSLR and mirrorless cameras, but 80% of the content is relevant to all digital cameras including compact & hybrid models.  It gives people wishing to upgrade to a DSLR an opportunity to understand what DSLR’s are capable of and be better informed before they buy, therefore I’m happy to have compacts & hybrid cameras in the courses.  I have 3 DSLR cameras that you can hire for the duration of the course – One Canon and one Nikon are older models but still offer an opportunity to try before you buy.  They are $40 (10 weeks).  I also have a more modern Canon DSLR that is $50 for the 10 weeks.

There are 10 x Workshops / Classes in this course, as well as the opportunity to practice between classes, by shooting photographic tasks that are set every week.  These tasks are intended to allow you to develop a hands-on understanding of your camera between classes, using what you have learnt at the previous class.

A main feature of my courses is the four practical workshops. When you are using your camera you are learning more than just in a classroom, learning theory.  Mind you, theory is important and necessary, but I have found students find the workshops invaluable part of this course.

Two of the workshops are held on class nights, the others are held on Saturday or Sunday mornings.

The first is a Landscape Workshop, held at Como Pleasure Grounds, Como where we shoot various subjects in a landscape environment, learning how to set up the camera with basic settings.  We learn to be aware of the screen/viewfinder information that the camera is telling us, and how to change this information to improve our images.

The second workshop is an outside, night, long exposure workshop at Cronulla Beach, learning how to set your camera up for night photography, creating artistic long exposure images.

The third of the workshops is held at Camellia Gardens, and it is here where we develop a better understanding of light (exposure) – one of the hardest aspects of digital photography to grasp.  This is about learning to understand what the camera sees, and captures – not what you see.

At Camellia Gardens we workshop portraiture techniques, to become aware of how important light is in creating a good portrait image.  We use the camera pop-up flash to create fill light for tricky situations, and learn when to use it.  We also learn how to use the Histogram on the camera, which aids getting the exposure right, especially when contrasty conditions don’t allow you to actually see much of an image on the back of your camera.

At the final Workshop, we experiment with different lighting in an easy to create studio environment.  We experiment with portraits as well as still life, and I ask you to bring in a subject to photograph.

The four Workshops included in the 10 classes, are the key to achieving a ‘hands on’ understanding of both your camera and photographic techniques.  When faced with changing conditions & subjects, it’s good to be able to turn to somebody and ask questions, and get advice.

During the course we will view over 1,000 images on a large LCD screen.  You are learning a visual medium, so I feel that seeing images is important, then discussing them so that you can better understand basic photographic techniques and the results you get when changing the modes & functions on your camera.

Over the weeks we will look at many aspects of photography including, composition, exposure, shutter speed & aperture, as well as ISO settings and exposure compensation, just to name a few.  We will look at the differences between Auto, Program, Av (A), Tv (S) and Manual modes, and when you should use the different modes on your camera.

Because of the range of abilities and equipment, in any photography course, there will be always some aspects of the class/workshops that might not suit your needs, or your camera, but for much of this course, I have tried to incorporate basic photographic techniques that will suit all of you, no matter what your experience, or what type or brand of camera you use.

This course covers the basic fundamentals of good digital photography.  Prior knowledge of cameras or photography is not necessary.  It is a starting point for people who have an interest in photography, and want to understand more fully their camera and how to use it.  We learn how to take images that are interesting, not only to you, but also to others.  To do this, we need to learn how to stop being a percentage shooter, and become a knowledgeable photographer.

The knowledge you will gain from this course will lead you onto the Flash, Ambient Light & Composition Course (if you wish) which will fine tune your photography skills and expand your ability to shoot in even more lighting situations, and with flash, and understanding of good compositional techniques.

FLEXIBILITY OF CLASSES
I allow flexibility for situations that can arise with work or family commitments or for shift workers or people travelling for work, in that with the evening classes, if you cannot come to your normal class night, then you can change nights for that week, so you don’t miss a class.  Also there are some workshops on weekends.  If your class was doing a Saturday morning workshop, and you can not come on that day, then you can change to the Sunday workshop instead.  Same lesson, same place, just the next day.  Last, I give people the option to come back the following Term do make up lessons or workshops if they missed any during the term.

PEOPLE GOING AWAY
Many people want to do some photography classes before going on an overseas holiday, but are not able to finish the Course Term before they go.  I allow students the opportunity to participate to learn enough to make a difference, then come back next Term to complete the Course.

IN SUMMARY
If you are interested in participating, give me a ring to discuss further, then if wishing to enrol, I will give you an enrolment number, and email out your enrolment form that you can fill in electronically and email back to me.  I will confirm receipt of your enrolment paperwork and payment.

Have some questions? Go to the Contact page to request further information
… or phone Greg on 0415 412 244

Gift Certificates are available …

Happy shooting, and hope we can enjoy your hobby at some of my classes, Greg