Two day Digital SLR photography course taught by Morag MacDonald
This two day intensive workshop will help you to take control of your Digital SLR camera and use it out of Programme mode! Taught by Morag MacDonald notions like aperture and depth of field that are hard to grasp will be demystified and you will have the opportunity to create some exciting new work.
This practical 2 day photography course follows a proven track which will allow you to use your camera with confidence and will be backed up by course notes for you to take away.
Day One: Learning the basics of SLR photography during this practical day you will be taught to select the correct shutter speed to freeze motion, blur movement, pan with a fast moving object, select the correct aperture to loose distracting background information and to keep vital parts of the image sharp.
Beginning this digital photography workshop in our studio you will meet the group over coffee and be guided through your cameras functions. We will then move outside to do some exercises to ensure that each person is confident with basic functions (aperture, shutter speed, film speed and depth of field) and how they affect the image.
After a sandwich we will move to the City Docks, a fabulous place for inspiration. With your tutor on hand to give help when needed you will be encouraged to use your new skills to create a unique series of images.
Returning to the studio with just enough time to show some of the days images on our large high resolution screen.
Day Two: The first part of the morning session will be devoted to building a safe and secure digital workflow where you will also learn about resolution and pixels, working in a nondestructive way and cataloguing your images. Before leaving the studio to shoot you will be shown a set of inspirational images; the group will get a chance to discuss how the images were created and composed. Techniques like showing time by using long shutter speeds and creating soft blurred seascapes and waterfalls will be discussed in detail as well as wonderful portraits with motion and frozen moments in time. Have you ever seen a photograph of a person frozen in time with the world moving past as a blur and wondered how this was created? You will learn these are in-camera techniques creating these images without the use of Photoshop or other editing programmes.
Once again the afternoon will be a practical shoot on location in the Bristol area you will be encouraged work as a group using the new techniques learned. There will also be time to create some images on your own to show to the group at the end of the day. Please bring a tripod if you have one.
This is designed as a feel good photography course packed with useful tips and advice and a chance for you to create some new and unique imagery.
Morag offers a range of evening courses for beginners, as well as those aspiring non-professional photographers wishing to hone their skills.
Small classes ensure a good learning environment. Each course will run with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 delegates.
Two Day Digital SLR photography course runs from 9.30 till 4.30 and costs £160.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 22nd April 2013
Or call me and leave a message to book 0117 909 4503 - places strictly limited.
What they said about the course....
I had the privilege to attend a SLR course with Documentary Image in June 2011.
I was very, very new to using an SLR camera and did wonder what I would gain from the course?
To my amazement I walked away knowing so much and understanding all the jargon about shutter speeds, F stops and ISO’s!
The course itself was run in a very relaxed yet informative manner and Morag (the proprietor) was very easy to follow and seriously knows her stuff!
Would I recommend this course? With a shadow of doubt! I have not been able to stop clicking now I know how to take a correct exposure!
Morag, thank you very, very much for time, patience and empowering me with your knowledge.
What you should bring with you:
A digital SLR camera with at least one lens and a clean memory card.
A packed lunch and a drink on both days.
Appropriate clothing: Warm clothing and wet weather gear or a sun hat (sun cream too if we are luck enough to get a good day) as we will be shooting outside for a big chunk of the day.
Pen and paper for notes.
A tripod if you have one for Day Two.