PHOTOGRAPHY 101 CLASS
Want to get your camera off of automatic? Photo 101 is a comprehensive five week course designed to help you understand aperture and shutter speeds, camera settings, photo composition, and lighting. The buttons and dials look intimidating on many cameras. This class is designed to break them down in a logical sequence to help you get your brain around how they all work. You might even be able to better understand your camera manual when you are done!
Unlike the seminars that try to cram it all in to a few hours or few weeks, this is a 5 week course taught Chip Weiner, an award winning photo journalist. Demonstrations in class and weekly photography assignments will help participants gain a better working knowledge of how to make better pictures. Each class will consist of time devoted to one aspect of photography and one aspect of technology related to photography (see topics below). Whether you are trying to take better family photos or want to take your photography to the next level, you've got to be able to control your camera. This is the class for you!
Classes are taught at the brand new Hillsborough Community College Collaboration Studio (see below) and meet one night per week
The next class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. October 28 - November 25, 2014. Cost for 5 week class is $139.00
Photography 101 Classes for 2014 are scheduled on Tuesdays as follows:
August 5 - September 2 FULL
September 16 - October 14 FULL
October 28 - November 25
Week 1. The first class is an introduction to the buttons and dials on your camera and how they work, some "should haves" for your camera bag, and your first photo assignment.
Week 2. This is THE most important class. Learning and understanding exposure is the key to better and creative photography. Take your camera off “auto” by learning shutter speeds, apertures (f-stops), and ISO. Also learn the meaning and use of depth of field.
Week 3. We will discuss white balance, composition and what makes a good photograph. This class includes ideas for composing better portraits, artistic shots, nature and landscape photos. You will also learn about different lenses, what they do, and what you need for great shots.
Week 4. Introduction to lighting with a flash. Understanding on and off camera lighting methods is a huge step in getting great photographs. This is a very important class where we explore what camera settings control different types of light. Almost everybody needs to know how to use alternative light sources (including your flash) without blowing out the subject or under exposing the scene. Quality, softness and intensity of light really matter! Less expensive yet effective lighting alternatives will be demonstrated.
Week 5. The last class is an introduction to the digital darkroom (Photoshop). Learn cropping, red eye removal, and some artistic applications of several types of editing software. You will also learn how to do much of it for free!
While many people have enjoyed this class with a point and shoot camera, an SLR or mirrorless camera will better compliment the lessons. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
The Hillsborough Community College Collaboration Studio is a state-of-the-art facility with spacious classrooms, top of the line computer equipment, and free, easy to get to, secured parking. It offers easy access from the Selmon Expressway or I-4 making the trip from South Tampa, North Tampa, Brandon, or St Pete easier. Here's a map.
1602 N 15th StreetTampa, FL 33605
For information on other Tampa photography classes, digital photography classes, and Tampa photography workshops feel free to call me or look under the Tampa Photography Classes section. I also give private individual instruction on camera operation and making better photographs and would love to work with you one on one to make you a better photographer. Photography instruction gift certificates are also available. They make great gifts for the photo enthusiast in your life. Let's talk about what you need! 813-786-7780. See you in class!
Chip Weiner is an award winning photo journalist and food photographer in Tampa. He has been a photography instructor for 9 years.