Camera Basics - Full day

Camera Basics – Full day

Description summary
Generally you should enrol in this lesson if you are just starting out in photography with a new digital camera. The outcome of this lesson is to achieve a fundamental understanding of how to use and appreciate your cameras controls and function settings theoretically and practically.

Camera Basics - Full day

Level (1) – for beginners

Duration – 6 hours: 9.00am – 4.00pm.

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Delivery – This is a one day lesson broken up into a 1/2 day of theory and an afternoon devoted to hands-on practical camera use.

Location – Tuition lessons can be held  at your home/office or a mutually arranged location, please enquire when booking.

Prerequisites – Requires no prior knowledge of your digital camera other than a healthy interest in photography.

Equipment required – A digital camera and the instruction manual. Additionally, you may like to bring along some example prints or electronic images you’ve taken for critique purposes.

Supplied – A complete set of lesson notes and 30 days free support.

Topics covered

  • A bit about digital cameras
    What constitutes a good digital camera
    Lens quality
    Image sensor size
    Buying a Digital camera
    The Image sensor
    Cleaning an SLR sensor
  • Must have digital camera accessories
    Spare main batteries
    Back-up battery
    Spare memory cards
    Lens filters
    Lens hoods
    Camera bags
    External flashes
  • Lenses – SLR and Point and Shoot
    SLR – Prime or Zoom lenses
    Construction of Prime and Zoom lenses
    Macro lenses
    Point and shoot lenses
    Optical zoom and Digital zoom
    Macro setting
    Avoiding parallax error in Compact cameras  
    Reducing movement blur
    Lens perspective effects
    Focusing techniques
    Face detection and recognition
    Image Stabilization (IS)
  • Menu Settings – demystified
    Point and shoot cameras
    SLR Display screen settings
  • Image Resolution and Quality
    File types – Jpg or RAW
  • Understanding the Exposure Mode Dial settings
    Using the Mode dial
    General purpose (rule of thumb) exposure guide lines
    Basic – Pre Programmed modes
    Scene modes settings
    Mode dial settings
    Video mode
    Compensation exposure adjustments
    Advanced – Manual exposure            
    Manual mode settings 
    Using the camera’s internal light meter in manual mode
    Under and Over exposure
  • 10 – Photography tips
    1 – Plan ahead 
    2 – Keep your camera settings simple
    3 – Watch the light
    4 – Move in closer
    5 – Watch your background
    6 – Be quick about it
    7- Better composition
    8 – Use the flash outdoors
    9 – Learn when to take vertical pictures
    10 – Keep it enjoyable

Note: Practical activity selection will depend on location, facilities available and the weather…

  • Freezing motion with your flash
    Photographing – Water droplets
    Equipment needed:
    Flash or high speed technique
    Professional sound or light triggering devices
  • Applying Shutter speed
    Freezing motion
    Blurring motion
    Panning your camera – advanced
  • Composition and Framing your photos
    Rules or principles
    Rule of Thirds
  • Applying Aperture – Depth of Field (DOF)
    Hyperfocal focusing
    Adjusting the aperture settings
    Using aperture settings to blur a foreground or background 
    Using aperture settings to sharpen a foreground or background
    Depth of Field in practice