Techniques for Making Better Photographs

  • August 9, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Making better photographs is as much about skill as it is about creativity, luck and being born with “a gift”.  Yes, you can actually learn to make a better photograph, most of us are not born great photographers, we can however become one.  Making a better photographer is a combination of experience, knowledge, technique and creative intuition.

This class is designed to deconstruct the technical barriers that prevent us from making the images we want to make.  Somewhere between your creative vision for an image and the actual image is a canyon of technical know how.  This class is designed to arm you with the techniques needed to narrow that gap and help you make the leap!

Topics to be covered include:

• Getting proper exposure

• Why you should shoot in RAW

• Lens choice: field of view vs distance to subject

• Proper technique for holding and stabilizing your camera

• Metering mode choice

• Which shooting modes to use and why

• Methods to avoid camera shake

• Minimize noise through proper setting choice using the exposure triangle

• Camera settings to maximize image potential

• Tripod vs handholding: when to use which

• Camera shake vs motion blur

• Techniques for taking the sharpest image possible

• Maximize the potential of any camera

You will come away from this Workshop with a better understanding of best practices for capturing better images.

Requirements: Please bring your camera for practice exercises.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a cat on the premises but he will be put out of the way during the course of this Workshop.

About the Instructor:

Ron Jautz is a professional corporate and editorial shooter with over 30 years experience.  He specializes in photographing people and travels extensively for clients such as Pfizer, Bank of New York, Time Warner, Inc., Walgreens, Canon USA, Seton Hall University, Duke University, Forbes Magazine and Conde Nast.  Over the years Ron has photographed Presidents and Prime Ministers, Members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices, celebrities, athletes and CEOs.  In addition to his commercial work, Ron also shoots fine art, having shown work in Galleries up and down the east coast.  His most recent exhibit of images from Antarctica was on display last Fall in North Carolina. To learn more about Ron and his work, please visit his website at

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  • Deborah S.

    Please notify me the next time you hold this specific workshop. Can't make it tomorrow, but it's a good combination of skills that I'd like to learn. Thank you!

    August 8

    • Dawn W.

      Hi Deborah - an auto notification and reminder goes out to all students who have their email settings turned on in Meetup every time we schedule a workshop. Thx.

      August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, gang, looks like we'll have a great day for a really great class! Saturday temperatures will be in the low 80s and forecast is for LOW humidity!!! In other words, PERFECT!
    Please be a little early to the IBM Atrium (there's an entrance at the NW corner of 56th and Madison, another entrance on 57th St just west of Madison and a third entrance through the back of the Trump Building on 5th Ave.) I'll be there 15 minutes early. We will have a short talk and then hit the streets to practice what we learn and end up in Central Park for more shooting. I'll have exercises for you to shoot in class and more as "take home" assignments.
    I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

    August 7

  • Kristin

    silly me can not find how to pay

    August 6

    • Dawn W.

      Hi Kristin - just select the green RSVP button and you should be able to go from there! :-)

      August 6

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