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Seminar on Photography: Let's get Technical

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  • ** This event costs money.

    These seminars are being modeled after "Lunch and Learn" seminars that are popular in the tech industry.  It is easy and relaxed education.  Just show up, buy a beer, and listen to me talk.

    This seminar costs $10, cash at the door.  The room costs money and I invested some effort preparing for the seminar. 

    Optionally, bring your camera or laptop.  Get there early to buy beer and get settled.  The show starts at 7pm.


    1) Introduction, scope, etc

    2) Overview of camera components

      - What is a photo and how is it made?

      - Types of shutters

      - Types of light meters

      - DSLRs versus mirrorless

      - Types of viewfinders

      - Autofocus designs

    3) Image sensor size formats

      - Why lenses behave differently on different sensor formats

      - Pros and cons of various sensor formats

    4) Overview of lenses (I love lenses)

      - Focal lengths

      - What is an aperture?  Where do those weird numbers come from?

      - What is a "normal" lens?

      - What is depth of field and how do I control it?

      - Filters?

      - What is image stabilization?

      - Macro?

      - Extension tubes and teleconverters

      - Tilt/shift?  Retrofocus?  Rectilinear?  Bokeh?  Whew!

    5) Exposure

      - What is a stop?

      - Aperture, shutter speed and ISO

      - Exposure modes: P, Av, Tv and M

      - Interpreting histograms

      - "Expose to the right"

      - 1/focal length

      - HDR (shudder)

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  • Kelly B.

    This sounds like a great Meetup. A humble request, however: an intermediate Meetup that starts at number 5 on this list, and digs a little deeper into Interactions between ISO, A, and shutter speed, focal length, and metering. Apologies if that sounds silly!

    3 days ago

    • duane

      I can do this!

      3 days ago

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  • Steve H.

    Always have my D80 and/or P&S nearby, and especially love motion shots & macros.

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