Volume I | The Photographer's Toolkit | $150

Volume I is a total redesign of the original Foundations of Photography workshop.  It is still intended for developing the Photographer's Toolkit but, more emphasis is going to placed on starting from scratch.  This course will be for anyone interested in learning how to use their cameras and all of the buttons and knobs on them to help create better images.

Topics to be Covered

Controlling Exposure

The most fundamental skill any photographer needs is the understanding of how to set their equipment to produce the image that they have in mind.  Having the ability to manipulate exposure quickly and effectively is essential to all types of photography.  In this section we’ll break down the exposure triangle and understand the pros and cons to tweaking each leg of that triangle.  If you don’t know what the exposure triangle is, that’s ok!  We’ll cover that too.

Gear Talk

Cameras and Lenses are some of the physical pieces of the photographic toolkit.  Like a wrench for a mechanic, there is a certain time and place for different cameras and lenses and in this workshop we will cover the differences in cameras and lenses, what equipment I use, and what I would recommend if you are looking to upgrade to help improve your photos in the future.

Composition Basics

The focus of the photo should always be in the middle right?  Well, not always.  There are several basic principles of photographic composition.  These principles are all based around what our brains inherently see as being a pleasing image.  In this segment we'll go through things like the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, and other common compositional concepts.

Hands on shoots

The second half of Volume I will be full of hands on learning.  It's time to put the tools we've learned into practice by photographing a handful of different scenarios.  From portraits to action, daylight to low light and, a single person versus a group, we will cover a lot of the scenarios that most of us face as photographers each and every time we pull out the camera.  We'll learn how to assess a scene to know what lens or lenses to choose, what the general set up for the camera should be, and then how to go from that generalized set up to a dialed in precise exposure for the image we're trying to create.

Introduction to editing in Adobe Lightroom

The original Foundations of Photography course had an Intro to Editing section but, I felt that it needed a total redesign.  We're starting from scratch.  From getting your photos off of the camera and into the computer all the way to exporting them to print or share online.  We'll walk step by step through my process for editing in order to give you a taste of the power of Adobe Lightroom and to help you on your way to developing your own editing style.

Course Requirements

DSLR (Canon Rebel, 80D, etc.) or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (Sony A7, A9, etc.)

It can be Nikon, Sony, Canon, or whatever brand but it needs to be able to be put into manual mode.  A camera is a tool and all of the manufacturers make really good cameras.  It's kind of like buying a car; Honda and Toyota both make really good cars that will get you from point A to B reliably.  The only difference is that they look different and have some different features but in the end you will get the same result; making to wherever you're going.

Laptop with Adobe Lightroom (Classic is preferred)

For the Intro to Editing section of the workshop we will be using the photos that we have taken throughout the day to walk through the steps of importing the photos, editing them, and then exporting for print, social media, etc.  It will be extremely beneficial for you to be able to walk through these steps yourself as we go through them.

Basic Knowledge of your camera

If you can turn it on automatic, take pictures, and look at them on the back, that is all I’m looking for.  Remember, this is an introductory workshop so we will go through most what the buttons, knobs, numbers, etc. mean during the workshop.