By working your camera in manual mode…
you’ll create thoughtfully composed photographs that will take your photography beyond point and shoot.
you’ll get a good understanding of the basics of photography.
you’ll become a better photographer
your pictures will come out the way you want them to.
you’ll rely on your mind, instead of a machine, to make your pictures.
When you work your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are taking pictures.
In an automatic exposure mode your camera picks an aperture, a shutter speed and an ISO for you, so you TAKE what you get as a photograph.
When you work your camera in fully manual exposure mode you are making pictures.
In fully manual [...]
Your mode dial is usually found on top of your camera and is usually filled with letters and icons that allow you to pick how you want to make an exposure.
On a lot of cameras there are a lot of exposure modes to pick from.
Here are a few modes that I’m familiar with and a [...]
You’ve got to start somewhere.
The place to start is to learn how to work your camera, preferably in fully manual mode.
Learn to set your exposure by setting your ISO,aperture and shutter speed.
Learn to focus by learning how to use the focusing modes on your camera
Learn to evaluate and measure light by learning to use the [...]
When we begin to learn about the craft of photography we may begin to think that that we are no longer paying attention to composition.
Instead of simply framing what we want in our picture we’re now thinking about focusing, metering, exposure and more.
While attentively framing what we want in our photograph (content) is important, framing and the placement of content [...]
Your camera meter measures the intensity (brightness) of light. Nothing more, nothing less.
This measurement of light is expressed as…
Our meter allows us evaluate what we’re photographing, while our chosen exposure based on our metering allows us to get the visual information that we want in our picture.
All of these changes have a compositional outcome. If you are changing these things and not…
The road to creativity can be be rough or smooth, think unpaved and paved.
If you were to get from point A to point B, an unpaved road would provide a slow and uncertain journey while a smooth road would get you there faster and with confidence.
As a photographer, your pavement is the understanding and application of craft.
Understanding how [...]
When you review your pictures on your camera or photo editing software n your computer, you can also review the EXIF data.
The EXIF data sticks with your file (your picture) and should also be viewable in whatever photo editing software you are using on your computer.
Your EXIF data tells you your aperture, shutter speed ISO, exposure mode, metering [...]
[ April 4, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. April 6, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. May 4, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. May 8, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. June 1, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. June 4, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. July 9, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. July 13, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. August 8, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. August 17, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. September 10, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. September 14, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Through weekly assignments and critiques you will learn to work your SLR camera, become familiar with the technical aspects of photography and create photographs based on your desired compositional outcomes. Once you begin to make compositional choices with the visual effects in mind, your pictures will begin to move beyond the result of luck and you will begin to compose pictures that more accurately represent your desired outcome.
If you’re an average photographer, you’re making photographs in an average way.
The average way of making photographs consists of working in an automatic exposure mode.
An automatic exposure mode, since it picks your exposure settings for you, produces an average exposure and what follows is an average photograph.
An average photograph has been created because because the [...]
Sam D’Amico offers two classes that will help you to learn the basics of photography and how to use your camera in manual exposure mode.
When you have an understanding of the basics of photography and you use your camera in manual exposure mode you use your mind, instead of a machine, to create photographs.
Introduction To [...]
[ March 10, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. March 14, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. March 16, 2013; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. April 7, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. April 9, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. May 5, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. June 9, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. June 12, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. June 15, 2013; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ] By having a better understanding of how to use their camera, the participants in this class will be able to begin to rely more on their mind, instead of a machine, to make a photograph.
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[ May 9, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. May 11, 2013; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. July 10, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Through lecture and practice with their own cameras and flash units the participants in this workshop will learn the basics of flash operation and how to use the flash more creatively and effectively.
[ March 3, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. March 7, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. April 14, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. May 2, 2013; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. June 8, 2013; 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ] When used thoughtfully your flash can be an important element of your composition and can dramatically improve your photograph…