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Photography Basics

The beginners guide to photography

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What I will learn in the "Photography Basics" class?

If you are new to photography, this class is designed for you. You can expect to learn the fundamental concepts and skills necessary to capture better photographs. Even if you don't aspire to become a professional photographer, possessing photography knowledge holds practical applications in various areas of life.

After this course, you will have more confidence and clarity around the technical side of your photography and therefore, you can focus more on the creative and artistic side of it.

Course format: 80% Theory - 20% Practical

Experience Requirement: None

Gear: Bring your own camera

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Class size: Max 10 people

Price: £95.00

Location: M.E.D, London SW19 2RD

What topics are going to be covered?

  • Camera basics: Understanding the different parts of a camera, how to hold it properly, and navigating the camera's settings.

  • Exposure: Learn about the exposure triangle, which consists of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  Discover how to manipulate these settings to achieve proper exposure.

  • Composition: Exploring the elements of a compelling photograph, such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, and balance. Grasp how to arrange subjects within the frame to create visually appealing images.

  • Focus and depth of field: Understanding different focusing techniques and how they affect the depth of field in your images. Learn to control what is in focus and create a shallow or deep depth of field as desired.

  • Lighting: Exploring the importance of light in photography and techniques for using natural light or artificial lighting effectively. Discover how different types of lighting can influence the mood and quality of your photos.

  • Lens selection: Understanding different types of lenses, their focal lengths, and how they affect your composition and image quality. Explore the concepts of zoom lenses and prime lenses.

  • Image formats & editing: Introduction to basic post-processing techniques using software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Learn how to enhance and optimize your images through adjustments like cropping, colour correction, and exposure adjustments.

  • Photography genres: Exploring different genres of photography, such as landscape, portrait, street, wildlife, and macro photography will help you understand the unique techniques and considerations for each genre.

  • Camera settings and modes: Explaining various shooting modes available on your camera, including automatic, semi-automatic (aperture priority, shutter priority), and manual modes. Learning when and how to use each mode effectively.

  • Practical exercises and critique: Engaging in hands-on exercises and assignments to practice the concepts learned. You will receive constructive feedback and critiques on your work to help improve your skills.

The result you should expect after this class

After completing this course, you will be able to easily create images like this and utilize the knowledge you have acquired to explore your creativity.

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