Foundations of Composition - Class #1

  • August 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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This is a beginners series on the Fundamentals of Composition, Class #1.

We will watch several videos by Ben Long, lasting between 20-40 minutes.

There will be 7 additional classes that will build upon each other. If you can not attend all you can go to Lynda.com and follow along there.

In this class, you will learn

- What is composition

- Looking vs Seeing

- Working a shot

- Understanding the photographic impulse

- Warming up

And then execute an exercise: Get your feet moving

What to bring

Bring your camera, pen and paper, snacks, drinks. You will be LEARNING a lot of rules and techniques and will want to study this information until it is second nature. When you get into a photographic situation where you can't find the shot or are overwhelmed, you will be able to fall back to these learning and walk away with a great shot.

Camera

You can use any type of camera. Composition is about lining up your subject in the viewfinder, however this class is best served by those with a camera that can control depth of field and shutter speed. Also if you have a telephoto or multiple lenses.

Prerequisites:

It is not necessary but you should familiarize yourself with:

Over and underexposure

Depth of field

Camera position

Focal length

Motion stopping

Speed of a lens

The functionality of your camera’s features and button layout.

Parking

There is plenty of free parking but arrive early.

Special thanks to Colleen Kelly who is providing the space at Bandia Rua Studios to host this meetup. If you need studio rental time, talk to Colleen.

Your First Assignment

Go to Centennial Park, starting at the pedestrian bridge on Elliot Ave and take pictures! This will be your before shots! Now get too it!


Cheers,

Michael

 

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  • Dipankar Ganguly

    Are we having the next meet on 22nd?

    August 19

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. You can go to the 'Upcoming Meetups' and RSVP. :)

      1 · August 19

  • Debbi Greer

    Great class. How do I ensure I can attend class in 22nd? Thanks so much.

    August 11

  • Brent

    Great class! Learned a lot. Very eye-opening about the complexities of good photography.

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank Michael for organizing this event and making PowerPoint for us.It's very helpful for a beginner like me.
    Looking forward to our second class and maybe some critiques in the future.
    Is any any assignment for our second class?

    August 9

  • Jasmin

    The class was good -- to the point and informative.

    August 9

  • murugan

    Good and Informative.

    August 9

  • Harish Janardhanan

    It was interesting to know how much a good image composition can change the image completely, Thanks to Michael and Bandia Rua for organizing this..

    August 9

  • amy stone

    Everything was great, looking forward to finishing the course with a stronger vision and some new friends. Also, I plan on taking the lighting course at the studio.

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am organizing a meet-up for 8-24-13 to go to Jetty Island off the Everett Waterfront. I will be arranging space on the boat for 4PM. Everyone is welcome to come. We will meet at the boat dock at 3:30PM and stay on the Island for the sunset returning on the last boat which will be about 9PM (or if you need to get back sooner, arrangements can be made). Feel free to bring the kids and a picnic dinner. There are no amenities on the island other than 1 restroom and fire pits to cook over. You can get water at the ER/Facilities shack though. If you kite or wind surf, there are dozens of people there doing just that and I think you can rent equipment from them. Don't quote me though. Please email me at [masked] to reserve a spot. I will need to know by 8-22-13 so I can reserve enough spots on the boat.

    August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful class! I am looking forward to more! I loved the shoot after. Centennial Park is added to my 'go to' spots for sunsets and night shooting. Thanks so much Michael for putting this together!

    August 9

  • Dipankar Ganguly

    Is there any change in attendance so that waitlisted ones can attend?

    August 8

    • oscar

      I open my spot too...I am stuck at work

      August 8

    • william P Yeh

      I'm under waitlisted. I was there taking photos in the vicinity. Can I post it in the flickr group?

      August 9

  • Ashli

    Informative and concise. Wondering if we'd do critiques or the like for future classes?

    August 8

  • Bhargava Kalathuru

    This is a superb first class! Looking forward to more.

    August 8

  • Judy Bouse

    Great information

    August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was confused by google map, will be late.

    August 8

  • oscar

    Stuck at work...I wont be able to make it

    August 8

  • Michael T.

    Your First Assignment

    Go to Centennial Park, starting at the pedestrian bridge on Elliot Ave and take pictures! This will be your before shots! Now get too it!

    August 2

    • Michael T.

      Yes!

      August 7

    • A former member
      A former member

      Finally got some time to shoot and have uploaded them.

      August 8

  • Jasmin

    Hi Michael, do you suggest bringing our laptops as well? (Will we be uploading our pictures? or will our camera suffice?)

    August 8

    • Michael T.

      Hi Jasmin. No need to bring your laptop, just your camera.

      August 8

  • Kaushal

    What time does the class finish ?

    August 8

    • Michael T.

      It will probably finish around 8:30

      August 8

  • Michael T.

    I'm setting up a Flickr discussion group for us so we can share and critique our photos outside of class. Goto, http://www.flickr.com/groups/mt...­ and click, JOIN GROUP+

    Upload your photos from this week's assignment and tag them with "preclass" as in before you started the class.

    August 6

    • Bhargava Kalathuru

      I've not been able to go out to shoot this place this week, but I uploaded my past photos of the same area.

      August 8

    • DM Williams

      Same here. Very busy. Also now having problems uploading. But will be at the meetup

      August 8

  • Vatsi

    I'm coming from Redmond by bus. Is there anyone else who is going from Redmond by bus?

    August 8

  • Brent

    This class looks awesome. Thanks for setting it up, Michael! And thanks to Colleen for providing space. Hope to learn some good tips for my upcoming trip to Dragon*Con. I currently only have a lower end Panasonic Lumix. Will that be good enough?

    August 2

    • Brent

      Thanks for the reply Donna! Here is my camera: http://www.amazon.com...­

      I love the camera and was planning to get an upgraded version of the same eventually. For taking pictures at Dragon*Con, this one served me better than a friend's expensive high-end Canon.

      1 · August 5

    • Michael T.

      Brent. That camera will work. I think by the end of the classes you will know the limits of your camera and will be able to decide if an upgrade is in order!

      August 6

  • MADELYN CHIRINO

    Will this class be offered again? I hope so. Thanks!!

    August 3

    • Michael T.

      Madelyn, I don't know yet. We will see how this round goes. However, if you go to Lynda.com and sign up for their membership, you can watch the same videos there. It's Chapter 1, 2 and 5.

      August 5

    • Michael T.

      Hopefully you can catch us on one of the other ones.

      August 5

  • william P Yeh

    Great. Hope I get in.

    August 3

  • Violete

    Great! Thanks for the organization. Hope I could make it

    August 2

  • Jasmin

    Darn, I RSVP-ed a bit late. It says I'm on the waitlist :( Is there really a waitlist? In any case, please let me know if I can attend still!

    August 2

  • Vatsi

    Looking forward to attend this class.

    August 2

  • Judy Bouse

    Excited

    August 2

  • amy stone

    Looking forward to it!

    August 2

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