THE BASICS - Helping Beginners get Started: I begin slowly by introducing my students to the very basics of photography. This class gives students a general overview of what I cover in the future. It is a very easy class that reassures nervous beginners.
AN INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CAMERAS: First, I'll review camera's on the market -- including iPhones and iPads. Next I show students how to take your camera off the "Program" or "Automatic" settings and how to use some basic controls to get better pictures. During the second half of the lecture I'll review the controls typically found on most new DSLR cameras. This lecture does get a little complicated because there are so many controls and menu items found in modern cameras.
AN INTRODUCTION TO LENSES, FLASH, & EQUIPMENT: My third class reviews the many lenses, filters, tripods, flash units, available on today's market. This is a pretty detailed class because there are so many lenses, filters, etc. available. Don't worry: I'm here to answer your questions. This class is useful for anyone planning want to buy these items. Even if you don't plan to buy any new equipment, you'll get a good feel for what to buy once you are ready.
EXPOSURE, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO - PART ONE: I start by explaining how APERTURE and SHUTTER SPEED work. Understanding how these two concepts influence exposure is the basis for good photography. Both settings also allow you to produce artistic or interesting images. For example, how to produce a soft blurry background or how to stop the action of a high-school football game. I do my best to make things as simple as possible with lots of pictures. Remember these are only TWO concepts in Part 1: aperture and shutter speed. If you get a little confused, I'll repeat these concepts again in Part 2.
EXPOSURE, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO - PART TWO: I'll tell you how you can adjust the camera's sensitivity to light. If you learn how to control the "ISO" you'll produce better -- less "noisy" -- photographs. I'll end the class by reviewing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Once you understand these 3 concepts you'll be able to take your camera off "Program Mode" and start taking artistic or interesting images on "Manual Mode." That's a major accomplishment!
COLOR - Beginner's Guide to Color: Now that you've been exposed to exposure we can examine the artistic side of photography. I'll talk about how color helps you create really interesting photographs. You can sit back and enjoy this class.
THE ART OF COMPOSITION: Another easy class. Not a word about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO ... because you understand those concepts. Instead I'll show you how to take creative images. You'll understand the importance of the "Rule of Thirds," how to use lines, and many additional "tips" you can use to consistently take really good photographs.
BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LIGHT AND LIGHTING: This is another easy class, that shows you the importance of light and how to use different light -- no matter what time of day -- to take pictures that will impress your family and friends with how good a photographer you have become.
FLASH PHOTOGRAPH, PART I. for beginners: I'll show you how to use your camera's built-in flash or a flash that fits onto the top of your camera. Most beginner's are afraid of flash. Don't be. A flash is simply another piece of equipment and I'll show you how easy it is to use and what great results you will get if you give it a try. You'll create lots of great photographs if you use your flash and after this class you will!
FINAL REVIEW FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS: My final class! I'll go over everything we've covered in the last few weeks. If you have any questions, we'll answer them. By this point you are an advanced photographer. CONGRATULATIONS! You've done it!
($75 per class)
EXPOSURE, PART 3 - CAMERA CONTROLS AND TECHNIQUES: Exposure requires knowledge on how to use aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in complicated circumstances. I will spend more time expanding upon the information we learned in PART 1 and 2 and then how to showing you how deal with more complex scenarios.
EXPOSURE, PART 4 - ADVANCED TECHNIQUES: This is where my advanced students really begin to appreciate the sophisticated methods they can use to produce creative photography under many difficult lighting scenarios. Stunning photographs requires the photographer to use creative exposure settings (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) to capture beautiful lighting scenarios.
UNDERSTANDING WHITE BALANCE: The human eye does a fantastic job of seeing colors no matter what the lighting conditions. White is "white" to the human eye, no matter if seen indoors or outdoors. But, the camera can't. Different light sources produce different results. These differences are caused by the Kelvin temperature of the source of the light shining on the object. I'll show the student how to adjust for these different
THE BEAUTY OF LIGHT: Photography is essentially seeing subtle differences of light and exposing properly to capture the light in an interesting or unique way. It doesn't matter if the light is artificial or natural, in a studio or outdoors, in the middle of the day or at midnight. Some of my students excel as photographers because they have this talent and they become better photographers than I am very quickly.
SHARP IMAGES: How to Produce Extremely Sharp Images: Subject or camera movement are the two major causes of blurry images. I'll review specific things you can do to eliminate almost all movement and allow you to take really sharp images -- such as stars in distant galaxies. There are other techniques -- such as using Live View, "mirror-up," a tripod, or other tricks that will help you take really sharp photographs. We'll review what it takes to produce sharp images.
FOCUS: Techniques for Fine Focusing: Learning the tricks on focus goes hand-in-hand with producing sharp images. Both of these two classes will help the advanced photographer produce the type of images sought by photo editors or art galleries: Crisp, sharp images with perfect depth-of-field and exposure. These are skills you will learn in these two lessons.
GOING FOR THE GOLD - How to produce award-winning or publication quality photographs: I'll share tips on how I produced over 100 cover quality photographs -- including the cover of the November 27, 1995 issue of Time International, many inside photographs, advertisements, and hundreds of photographic assignments. These clear guidelines will make you much more likely to produce successful photographs in
($100 per class)
BETTER PEOPLE PICTURES: Another really important class for new professionals wanting to photograph babies, young children, teenagers, adults, and older people. We'll start off talking about equipment, use of props, and a couple posing tips. I'll then give you specific guidance about how to photograph individuals, couples, families, etc. in different types of light.
POSING TECHNIQUES: Secrets for Winning Poses: There's a lot of of information in this class that will help entry-level photographers pose clients. There's more than simply facing the camera and instructing people to "say cheese." We'll discuss things such as how to pose fingers, hands, feet, etc. How to turn the body for maximum impact. With over 100 magazine and book covers, I can assure you that good, natural poses are important.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Getting into wedding photography is easy. Staying in is difficult. The competition is tough. You either know exactly what to do or you will miss critical shots. If you fail to change your batteries at the right time they will fail at the wrong time. Miss photographing one member of the family and you have a crisis. Standing in the wrong place and you miss the cake cutting. The list of "problems" goes on and on. This class will cover just about every aspect of a wedding: it's a long, extensive class.
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY, PART 2: If you are going to succeed as a professional photographer you will eventually have to know how to work with multiple flashes. This class will help you understand how to use advanced flash techniques including how to effectively use flash indoors and outdoors and what it takes -- including the equipment -- to use multiple flash units.
MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY - A Close-up Look: My class on macro photography is pretty comprehensive and should be taken by advanced photographers. It looks at almost all of the camera equipment and settings you'll need along with lenses, extension tubes, adapters, and flashes. I'll cover the importance of tripods, ball heads and shutter releases. I'll review depth-of-field in macro work, the importance of live view (pretty helpful), manual focus, recommended camera settings, the "sweet spot," using "mirror up" and other tips to help you get close in to your subject.
STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY: We work on any subject that the student wants to perfect. Topics include portraiture, family photography, food photography, jewelry photography, macro/micro desktop photography, etc.