Lesson 1: Getting to Know Your Digital Camera
Understanding your camera controls and functions. The five most valuable features. Features to avoid. Checklist of what your camera can and cannot do. How to get the most out of your digital camera. The biggest advantage of shooting digital: the right way to use your LCD monitor.
Assignment: Camera Functions Questionnaire
Lesson 2: Controlling White Balance and Other Aspects, In-Camera
The color of light for the non-physics major. Understanding the white balance options. The easy way to getting the correct white balance. Adjusting the in-camera level for sharpening and color saturation.
Assignment: White Balance Before and After; also, Saturation/Sharpness Before and After
Lesson 3: Composition, Tripods and Lens Choice
Principles of visual design. Putting the Rule of Thirds to good use. An easy way to understand the Golden Rectangle. Shooting vertical as well as horizontal photos. Understanding lens focal lengths. Wide angle and telephoto options with digital SLR "focal length magnification factors".
Assignment: Rule of Thirds/Orientation: Before and After
Lesson 4: Digital Exposure 101
The primary exposure concepts. Why cameras sometimes make images that are too dark. Using Exposure Compensation, a simple method for perfect exposures. Learn where to meter from and use Exposure Lock. The part ISO plays in exposure. Tip: Use a Semi Automatic mode while maintaining full control.
Assignment: Exposure: Over, Under and Just Right
If inclement weather occurs on the day of a workshop it will be rescheduled to the following week in most cases.
Please remember to bring your camera with a fully charged battery and the camera's manual.