Skill Level: Beginner
Duration: 8 hours (four 2-hr sessions)
Dates: On Request
The light meter
Aperture, shutter speed, ISO
White balance & histogram
The Exposure Equation
This class lays the foundation from which to build a successful hobby or career in photography, or simply to make better photos on vacation and of your family. The camera, at its foundation, is a simple device operating on relatively simple and consistent principles. Modern cameras are loaded with a multitude of features that make the process of photography seem quite intimidating. But underneath all the buttons, dials, menus, and special effects is essentially the same device built originally in the early 1800s for photography (and much earlier for other uses).
To get the most out of your camera and the greatest satisfaction from photography, it’s important to know how this curious device works; translating invisible energy into visible images. To help you grasp these principles, I begin at the beginning; with light.
Without some understanding of light, the operation of the camera and the results it produces makes little sense, and almost always leads to frustration. In this class, we’ll explore the camera as the tool it is, and be able to visualize the limitations and the strengths of the camera in comparison to how you see the world with your eyes. I will also explain the relationships involved in exposure using an approach I developed called the Exposure Equation.
At the end of this class you will know and understand the fundamentals of light and camera operation, how the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to make the exposure, and how you are in control of every photograph you make. With this understanding, you’ll be able to confidently choose the best camera mode for your situation, whether it’s manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, or auto. It’s not about the mode you shoot in, it’s how you use the camera to its best advantage to accomplish the results you desire.
This class can be held in person or online. In-person, one-on-one instruction may incur a travel charge outside my local area. Please Contact Me me to discuss options and additional fees if you are outside the Boise/Meridian/Caldwell area.