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Effortless Camera Controls II : The Camera Clinic

Your Most ^%$@! Perplexing Camera Questions Answered!

Who This Event Is For:

If you understand Shutter Speed, Aperture & ISO but would love to go deeper in understanding your camera... and find out how your new knowledge will radically affect your photography, this is for you.

If you've taken our I.C.E. Camera Controls workshop, you're ready to come out as well.

This is a combination of structured clinic + open Q&A. We'll look at your most puzzling questions - and possibly a couple dozen others on your shortlist that are stopping you from using your camera more successfully, with more professional quality results & confidence.

What You'll Learn:


In the first hour, we'll cover the most often misused and misunderstood camera concepts that will have the most DRAMATIC impact on your photos:

• RAW vs. JPG vs. RAW + JPG – what’s the difference & advantages?

• What are the consequences of using my camera's built-in noise reduction feature?

• Why should I NEVER use built-in custom colour features like 'Sepia Tone'?

• What’s all the fuss re: HDR – High Dynamic Range?

• What are those numbers on the front of my lens... e.g., f=18-55mm 1:[masked] IS?

• How can I quickly soften the light in flash pictures?

• How can I use AE-L Exposure Lock to change the way my camera behaves?

• Why change my metering modes – e.g., 'center-weighted', 'spot', etc?

• What do I gain by using interchangeable lenses?

• What is Exposure Bracketing and how can it avoid 'the one that got away'?

• What is White Balance & Custom WB for?

• What does the Histogram truly represent & mean, & why should it matter to me?

What are some best practices for shooting high contrast scenes?

• How do the various Auto-Focus modes affect my picture taking ability?

How do I know where my camera's focus point is?

• What is Resolution vs. Image Size vs. Image Quality, & how will it impact my prints?

• What would I gain by using a photo editing app such as Photoshop?

Hour 2 & 3:

In hour 2 & 3 we'll move on to a fun open Q&A for any and all your photography / camera control questions* - we'll try to answer them all on-the-spot, and share a few laughs in the process.

* note: we won't be covering too many questions on camera flash. Flash deserves a whole workshop to itself, so we won't get too deep into it in this workshop.

If you're not sure what questions to bring, that's fine - the first hour, plus the questions other group members bring will have you learning tonnes - even some things you've never thought to ask! You'll walk away a stronger, more intuitive photographer by the end of the afternoon.

What Our Last Attendees Said:

"Good meeting, laid back question and answer session." -Albert

"It was the perfect workshop follow-up. The first half offered a solid guided 'question/answer' session on technical camera controls and the second half of the session enabled us to ask any other questions we had that weren't addressed in the first half." - Marcia

"Very good mix of instruction and discussion, with learning being the 'aha' kind. This always helps me!" - Katherine

What To Bring:

Your camera, camera manual, a pen & paper, your willingness to share with the other group members.

And your sense of humour of course - we'll be having a lot of fun straightening things out. That's it!

Included: Two bonus PDF's on focus and exposure modes, plus for everyone who's attended the I.C.E Workshop, a copy of my newly published I.C.E. Camera Controls book.

We'll learn as a group, then shoot to check your new knowledge and cement it!

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  • Al U.

    Elizabeth, Erin, Maria, Carol - you had some beautiful animal pictures - horses, hamsters, dogs, cats... it would be great to see them & show them off to the group in this month's 'Animal Love' image gallery,

    February 16, 2013

  • Maria

    I enjoyed my first meet up! The questions and the information provided are very helpful. Can't wait to try some of the suggestions...Thanks Al. It was nice to meet everyone. I'll be seeing you at more meet ups

    1 · February 10, 2013

    • Al U.

      Thanks Maria, it was nice meeting you too - see you again; you'll get to meet Katy too!

      February 11, 2013

  • Al U.

    Great group, great questions. I'm always impressed with what you come up with.

    February 9, 2013

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Additional notes: Full refund if the event fills up & someone takes your place. Full refund if the event is moved & you can't access the location. If, at any time, anything in the course is unclear to you, email me & I'll make sure you get all your questions answered.

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