This Notice Contains Important Information About Your Photography Class with Sam D’Amico
This notice will inform you how to prepare for our upcoming meeting(s). Read the full notice and keep it available for the duration of our class(es).
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If you’ve paid for an upcoming group class/webinar or private lesson(s), read the following information and contact Sam if you have any questions.
Please bring the following to each of our meetings:
- Your camera and all other equipment that is relevant to the class.
- Your camera owner’s/instruction manual and any other manuals relevant to the equipment you’ll use in class. Please ensure you bring the FULL version of the manual to class. The full version of your owners should have an index and can usually be found on one of the CDs that came with the camera.
- Watch this video on How To Use The Owners Manual To Your Camera Effectively.
- Memory cards or, if using film, at least one roll of 35mm color negative film or digital capture equivalent.
- Make sure that your camera and other equipment have fresh batteries in them.
- Extra batteries for your equipment.
- Some pre-start homework:
The pre-start homes will help prepare you for our meeting(s). Furthermore, we can get into the lessons instead of setting up the optimal camera functions during our valuable meeting time.
Below, you’ll discover which settings I think should be turned off or expressly set. What can be confusing is that camera manufacturers call the same functions differently. Also, I’ve listed only the manufacturers whose cameras I see students using most often in my classes. And you’ll probably need to use your owner’s manual to help you do this, which has the additional benefit of learning to use your owner’s manual effectively.
- Canon= C
- Nikon = N
- Sony = S
TURN OFF – Contrast Reduction Controls
- C -Auto Lighting Optimizer
- N -Active D-lighting
- S – Dynamic Range Optimisation or DRO
TURN OFF – Noise Reduction
- High ISO noise reduction
- Slow shutter speed noise reduction
- Any other forms of noise reduction
TURN OFF – Vibration Reduction (IR)/Image Stabilization (IS)
Although controlling this feature is usually done on the lens, at times, setting this feature through the camera is the way.
SET – Picture Styles/Picture Controls/Creative Styles
Set all parameters inside the chosen picture control to zero “0” or as close to zero “0 as possible
- C- (Picture Style)- Neutral or Faithful
- N- (Picture Control)- Neutral
- S – (Creative Style)- Standard
ADJUST – The diopter on the camera viewfinder
Adjusting the diopter ensures that the information presented in your viewfinder appears as sharp as possible, considering your eyesight.
- If you haven’t yet watched it, please watch this video on How To Effectively Use The Owners Manual To Your Camera.
- Read “Digital Camera Technology That Gets In the Way” and follow the instructions in the article.
- Please familiarize yourself with the following topics in your owner’s manual.
- How to load film or media cards into your camera. Please note the page numbers or bookmark the topics in your manual for future reference so we can easily reference them.
- If you don’t have an owner’s manual, you may be able to download a copy of one if you go to the camera manufacturer’s website. The full version of your owners should have an index and can usually be found on one of the CDs that came with the camera.
- How to set the ISO/ASA.
- How to set your aperture.
- How to set your shutter speed.
- How to set Metering modes.
- How to set Exposure modes.
- How to Focus/Focusing Modes
- How to choose a focus area
*If you registered for an in-person private lesson, our meeting location was provided in an e-mail with the subject line: “Private photography lesson with Sam D’Amico-Please review and remit payment to confirm our appointment.”
*If you registered for an online private lesson, you will receive a link to the online meeting platform.
All in-person group photography classes meet at the Kogod Courtyard.
In-person group classes meet at the Kogod Courtyard in the National Portrait Gallery. Please read the Visiting Tips & FAQs. No refunds for any classes will be given to registrants who are asked to leave because their behavior does not adhere to safety policies and guidelines.
- National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
After entering the building, walk straight past the front desk to the Kogod Courtyard.
If you have any questions, you can contact Sam.–>https://samdamico.com/contact-sam/