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, and friends 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 photographer. 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.
This is your first step from snapshooter to photographer. When you finish this course, you'll know how to use your camera on manual, what ISO to use, how to determine your shutter speed, aperture, and how and why to create a custom white balance. Also we'll cover manual focus vs auto focus and when to use both.
We offer day and night classes. The same information is covered in them all.
Day class is from 9 to 4 on Saturday.
Night class is from 6 to 8 on three consecutive Tuesdays.
After taking these classes I guarantee you'll know how to use your camera on manual to get consistently great photographs, and how to get great color using a custom white balance.
2023 Class Dates
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You will receive an email within 24 hours with a class outline and more information about the class.
Saturday July 22 Saturday Sept. 23 Saturday Oct. 7
Class seating is limited, so register early.
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All digital files need to be tweaked to get the best possible image. In this workshop you will learn how to process raw files, (way better quality than jpg), adjust levels, and correct color. You'll learn to retouch faces to look natural, enhance eyes, and learn proper sharpening and softening techniques.
Classes are from 6 to 8 for 3 nights, or from 9 to 4 for one day. The same information is covered for both day and night classes.
You can bring your laptop, (charged up), and work along in the class, or take notes and work at your own pace at home. When I go to seminars, I take notes and work on the techniques later. This seems to work best for most people.
We'll go over the basic tools used in most image editing using Adobe Photoshop. The same techniques apply to Photoshop Elements, and are very similar in most of the editing programs available today.
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