dlphoto Photography Course

MODULE 1: CAMERAS AND LENSES

•    Introduction to the different types of SLR cameras and their uses
•    Small, medium and large camera formats
•    The SLR in depth
•    Different camera functions and their uses
•    What is the best camera to use
•    Introducing different types of lenses and their uses
•    Focal length explained
•    What is a normal lens
•    Lens Faults – Aberrations and distortion
•    The telephoto lens
•    What does MACRO mean
•    Different types of specialty lenses
•    Extension rings and their uses
•    Filters
•    How to care for your lenses and camera body
•    How to pick the right lens for the job

MODULE 2: SHUTTER, APERTURE AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP

•    Shutter stop and? F/stop explained
•    The aperture / shutter speed relationship
•    Depth of field explained
•    Sharpness
•    What happens to the performance of the lens at various f/ stops
•    Working with depth of field
•    View cameras and the digital sensor
•    How to select the correct aperture & shutter speed for the job
•    Why use Aperture Priority
•    Shutter Priority or Program Mode
•    How to put it all together

MODULE 3: EXPOSURE AND METERING

•    In-camera light meters
•    What do light meters measure
•    Different methods of metering.
•    ISO and exposure compensation control.
•    What is ISO and what does it do
•    Metering colours
•    Practical exposure methods.
•    Same time same weather exposure
•    Bracketing

MODULE 4: LIGHT AND COLOUR

•    Colour Temperature – white balance settings
•    Using a colour temperature metre
•    RGB for printing quality
•    Photographic filters
•    Useful filters for digital photography
•    Colour filtering for specific purposes
•    Shadows and Highlights
•    Black and white and other effects

MODULE 5: LIGHTING – DAYLIGHT AND ARTIFICIAL

•    Lighting is everything
•    The sun
•    Colour
•    The quality of light
•    How to soften harsh light out of doors
•    Lighting people and other small moveable objects outdoors
•    Filling the shadows in full sunlight
•    Backlighting
•    Lighting objects
•    How to achieve the daylight look inside using flash
•    Bounce light
•    Methods for portrait lighting
•    Lighting men and women

MODULE 6: HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS

•    A mental shooting checklist
•    What is important in the shot
•    What am I trying to achieve
•    Near enough is not good enough
•    Think like a lens
•    Making a portfolio
•    How to develop a style of your own

MODULE 7: EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE

•    SLR, medium format and large format
•    What camera should I buy
•    Do I buy or rent
•    How many and which lenses do I need
•    Can I use my old film lenses with digital cameras
•    Where is the technology going
•    Lighting equipment
•    What do I really need
•    Which brand should I buy
•    Portability
•    Second hand gear
•    Computers and monitors overview
•    The storage solution
•    The computer tablet
•    Photoshop CS3

MODULE 8: RETOUCHING, RESOLUTION AND PRINTING

•    Photoshop basic overview
•    Resolution and required dpi Working in
•    Colour channels explained
•    File formats Raw, Tiff, Jpg and Psd evaluated and explained
•    Useful retouching tools
•    Using Adjustment settings
•    Levels and Curves
•    Less is usually more
•    Do your prints look like the file on screen -?calibration

MODULE 9: THE STUDIO

•    How big a studio do I need
•    Is daylight really necessary
•    What colour do I paint the studio
•    Poly boards and reflector and skrims an essential tool.
•    Can I work from home
•    The floor and ceiling height
•    List of essential stuff
•    Parking a must
•    Hiring your studio

MODULE 10: HOW TO CONSTRUCT A PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

•    Look at other photographers work
•    Look at the portfolios of stylists to get ideas
•    Talk to photo agents
•    Think about your presentation
•    Business cards and website as marketing tools

MODULE 11: PHOTO AGENTS, PICTURE AGENCIES AND HOW TO GET WORK

•    How to find a photo agent
•    How photo agents work
•    The photographer / agent relationship
•    Fees and charges
•    Be totally prepared for your interview, you only get one chance
•    Photo libraries and picture agencies in a nutshell
•    Fees and charges
•    The copyright issue
•    How to submit images
•    Going it alone
•    Befriend the art buyer

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