Photography Training

 Modern cameras have very accurate auto settings. They will give you a correct exposure about 70% of the time. But if you want to up the odds, or shoot in anything besides normal flat lighting, you HAVE to use manual, or spend a lot of time fixing your pictures. Anyone can put their camera on auto and then use photoshop to make something out of it. A pro can make it happen consistently and easily, straight out of the camera.So you’re ready to go beyond the amateur stage? Then read on.Do your images come out of the camera the way you saw it in your mind?Do you find yourself with photographs that are sometimes too dark, or too light?Do you have to correct more images than you think you should be correcting?Do the skin tones in your portraits have any detail at all or are they washed out smooth?Do you wonder why a white dress is 3 different colors of white in 3 different pictures? Do you think the P on your camera stands for professional?If you answered yes to any of these questions then our classes will make a dramatic difference in your photography.One of my mentors from way back, Leon Kennamer, always said “a real photographer gets it on the film”. If you have to pay someone to fix your exposure problems, or fix your color problems, or fix things that should have been right out of the camera, then it’s their photograph, not yours. You may have had the idea, but they made it happen.On the other hand, if you get your job as a photographer right, then your art people, web people, ad people, models, clients, bankers, friends, and enemies will all like you better because it makes their life so much easier.I have a passion for getting images right out of the camera. This goes back to my film days when we built elaborate sets to create in because all we could do was sandwich negatives. There was no photoshop. It was a great feeling to see a print developing with all the special effects we put into the set up coming out just like we had envisioned.I can show you how to get it right out of the camera. If you are spending time correcting your images before you even start any creative editing, you are wasting precious time. If you get your images right to begin with, any post production editing will only make your images better than the average photographers.You will learn how easy manual exposures, manual metering, and custom white balances really are. Life’s too short to be constantly fixing mistakes. You make your memories and money behind the camera, not behind the computer.

 

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Photo 101

This is your first step from snap shooter to photographer. When you finish this course, you will know how to use your camera on manual, and get the image you see in your mind onto the film or sensor. I guarantee it.You will learn what ISO to use, how to determine your shutter speed, aperture, and the closest thing to a magic button for color, custom white balance. Also focus, when to use manual and when to use auto.Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 for 3 nights, and are $95 for the entire 3 nights of classes if you register online. Classes are $110 if you wait and pay the first night of class. Please note that if you wait till the first night, and the class is sold out, we will not be able to take you in.Our one day classes on Saturday, gives you the same information as the 3 night classes, but all in the same day.After taking these classes I guarantee you will know how to use your camera on manual to get great exposures, and will know how to get great color using custom white balances.

 

Class date is Saturday March 30. The class is from 9 am till 3:30 pm at our studio in Decatur.

Editing Class

All digital files need to be tweaked to get the best possible image. Two short steps with photoshop can result in images as good or better than film images.You will learn how to process raw files, adjust levels, and correct color. You will retouch faces, enhance eyes, and learn proper sharpening and softening techniques. These are the mainstays of portrait retouching.You will learn the best way to create a black and white digital photograph, how to create photographs with part color and part black and white, and also how to create pastel color photographs.You will learn how to remove objects from a photo, and also how to add objects to a photo that were not there.Classes are from 6:00 to 8:00 for 3 nights, and the cost is $95 for all 3 nights if you register online at least 2 days before the scheduled class. Classes are $110 if you wait and pay the first night of class.Our one day classes on Saturday, gives you the same information as the 3 night classes, but all in the same day.Bring your laptop and we will supply you with the images to work on to follow along in class. You can also take detailed notes and work at your own pace at home. We will show you how to use the basic tools, which are the same in Elements, as well as full Photoshop. These same tools are used for almost all the retouching and editing you will want to do. We will touch bases on the more advanced methods, but primarily we will be teaching you the basics, after which it is easy to branch out to the many other tools available to you in Photoshop and Elements.Please note that these classes will deal with Adobe programs. There are many good photo editing programs out there, and most of the techniques we discuss are very similar, but we will be concentrating on photoshop and elements.

 

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Kayak Photo Safari

In this class we will take our kayak, or canoe, out into the backwaters of the wildlife refuge. There’s a vantage point from the water, that presents subject and lighting that’s not visible photographing from the bank. We will explore the unique opportunities and problems that come with photographing from a boat, and learn ways to overcome them. The focus of the safari will be on the wildlife and vegetation that lives in the swamps of the river, and the lighting, composition, and exposure secrets that will take your pretty photographs, to amazing photographs.You need a good understanding of the basics of photography, such as we teach in our Photo 101 class, (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, custom white balance), to get the most out of this class. We will be changing our settings a lot to see the differences we can make inside our camera before we ever open Photoshop. You will go home with beautiful photographs from a different perspective, that you created in your own camera. 

 

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