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Hands-On Photography and Camera Basics for Beginners

  • May 18, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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Maybe you're a person who has a really cool camera and yet you've only used it in the "Auto" mode. If you've found yourself saying, "this camera is really cool but I haven't a clue how to use it!" then this is the session for you. If you're starting out with photography and found you really love it but don't even know the questions to ask then this is the session for you.

I've done a few presentations on this topic - this time, we'll have our cameras to shoot and learn these techniques.

In this two-hour session, we'll start from the beginning so that you can take advantage of your camera and get more creative in your photography. Topics will include:

- Exposure - getting your shots to turn out "just right" in brightness. We will cover techniques to nail exposure as well as camera settings to ensure overexposure.

- White balance - getting your shots to look "just right" in color. We will compare Auto white balance with other choices then cover how to set a custom white balance so your colors are perfect.

- Camera modes - each mode covered in detail so you can choose which is best for a particular shooting situation including how to best use manual mode. Yes, you'll finally learn to shoot in the dreaded manual mode and understand how to get good images.

- Focus - understanding the various focus modes and when to use each.

- Metering modes - we'll cover evaluative, matrix, center-weighted and spot metering. If you don't know what these terms mean now, you'll understand these terms clearly by the time we're finished. We'll also cover the most important aspect of metering - how your camera gets fooled into taking bad images. You'll see this on your own camera and learn how to handle this situation.

- Picture modes - understanding "standard", "portrait", "landscape" and other modes as well as which is best for various shooting situations.

- Depth of field - understand what depth of field is and variables that affect it. You'll shoot and learn so you can see different depths of field in your own camera.

- Focal length and perspective - get your head around how lens selection can impact your images.

- The basics of light - direction, color and quality. You'll learn these characteristics are simpler than you think and you'll be able to put them to use.

I've lined up Paulina to model for this event- you can check out her portfolio at this link - so you'll be able to try out your new knowledge with a lovely and patient model!

I've reserved the Steiner Ranch Lake Club for this event. For those of you who haven't made it out to an event at this location, it's a beautiful spot with landscaped grounds, docks, a pavilion and restroom facilities located right on Lake Austin.

This session is oriented toward beginners so there's no prior knowledge needed. You'll need to bring your camera and manual for this session.  Take a few moments before the workshop and be sure you know how to switch modes (Manual, A or Av, S or Tv and P), and set ISO, shutter speed and aperture. This session is designed to get you on track with lots of "ah-ha" moments as well as "I didn't know my camera could do that" moments.

This is a free event yet I'll welcome donations to help offset the cost of hiring a model and facility rental.

So come out for a beautiful evening at the lake and let's get you on-track to end the frustration and get on to taking better photos!


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  • Vicki L.

    Great meet up event. Just posted my best three shots. Thanks, Tim, for a super day and thanks to Paulina, a terrific model!

    May 21, 2013

  • Cindy

    Thanks Tim for another great lesson. I always learn so much when you instruct. Look forward to more meet ups.

    May 20, 2013

  • Tricia

    Learned a lot! Enjoyed the hands-on format and the opportunity to work with a model. Will definitely look for future classes with this group!

    May 19, 2013

  • Alejandro O

    Lots of good info, as always very interesting and useful.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately had something come up at the last minute. Really hope you'll organize something similar again soon!

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am attending anyway.

    May 17, 2013

  • jes

    I'm going to have to bow out. The stomach bug that has been going around has hit home. Bummed to miss this. See you next round!

    May 17, 2013

  • Lesly R. H.

    I will not be able to participate due to unexpected commitment.

    May 17, 2013

  • Shakti K.

    will be there

    April 24, 2013

  • jes


    April 23, 2013

  • Lesly R. H.

    I will be there plus one.

    April 23, 2013

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