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Perhaps you own and shoot with a digital camera, but are ending up with less than satisfactory images. Or maybe you’re producing some great pictures, but don’t know how you’re doing it. This, then, is the course for you.
All the basic photography concepts will be presented and discussed in depth. These will include:
Camera’s light meter
Digital editing programs
You also will learn camera hand-holding techniques, what accessories to bring on photo shoots, whether a camera bag or camera vest is better for your shooting style, and why using a tripod or monopod can be advantageous to your photography.
Please bring your digital camera, and be sure the battery is fully charged.
You will receive a handout when you arrive at class. It contains lots of information that will allow you to spend less time taking notes and more time listening and participating in class.
This seminar is paired with two other Meetup seminars I’m teaching, each also a single, three-hour session:
Digital Photography [Understanding Your Camera]
Digital Photography [Creating Great Images]
To receive a sound fundamental understanding of digital photography, I strongly recommend completing all three seminars. When I teach for various arts centers, community colleges, and local towns, these are the three areas I include in my Beginning Digital Photography course, which runs for a total of nine hours over a three-week period.
These three specific seminars will be repeated at later dates. Therefore, if you cannot make one, you can take it at another time. ALSO, THE SEMINARS CAN BE TAKEN IN ANY ORDER. And no prerequisites are required.
We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You will see a "Meetup" sign on my table. Should you need to contact me, my cell phone number is[masked].
Masks are not required but can be worn if desired.
Please note that no refunds are allowed unless the seminar is canceled. Also, switching from one seminar to another is not allowed. I need to know the exact number of attendees in a seminar to determine whether or not I can afford to run it. Thanks.
Hope to see you there!!
Specific rules of picture composition can be immensely helpful when getting ready to take a picture. But despite what’s often written and taught, these dictums are not set in stone. Ignoring them does not mean the photograph will turn out badly. In fact, blindly adhering to even the most accepted rules can keep the photographer from creating truly interesting and inventive images.
Various rules of picture composition will be demonstrated, discussed, and dissected in class. This will be done using images made by me the instructor, a commercial, editorial, and stock photographer, as well as those of other photographers. Further, we will explore how and when to apply these rules to our photographs. It will be emphasized that specific rules are useful only when they improve a picture. Otherwise, they should be ignored.
In addition, we’ll be discussing and critiquing each other’s pictures. This will be done both as a way to further understand photographic composition and aesthetics, as well as to explore specific shooting issues you may be having with your own images. So, please bring to class several of your photographs (as JPGs or in the RAW format), saved to a flash drive. Include both the great images and the problematic ones.
A handout will be distributed in class. It will be used in conjunction with the presentation of my photos. These images are located on my website (www.peterglass.com/composition). The pictures will remain on the website indefinitely so that they can be used as a review whenever you feel it necessary.
I’ll also be passing out a series of printed notes I’ve compiled from several photographic and art composition books. These notes too will be used for our exploration of the topic. By the way, one of the more intriguing books is The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert (books dealing with painting and drawing often apply just as well to photography, as does this one). He professes to solving the problem of creating interesting compositions by simply following his mantra: “Never make any two intervals the same.” That’s definitely a topic we’ll investigate!
Finally, we’ll put some of our pictures through one or more digital editing programs. You’ll learn how your photographs’ composition can be improved and even transformed through the use of these remarkable software packages.
Please don’t forget to bring your JPG or RAW photos to class.
Please note that no refunds are allowed unless the seminar is canceled. Also, switching from one seminar to another is not allowed. I need to know the exact number of attendees in a seminar to determine whether or not I can afford to run it.
We will be meeting in the café at the Glastonbury Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You’ll recognize my table by the portable monitor or two attached to the laptop computer. Should you need to contact me, my cell phone number is[masked].
Hope to see you there!!