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Introduction to photography for beginners - Course pack

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS

In short...

This course pack will allow you to obtain the Mastering your Camera certification.


This training pack is designed for people who want to free themselves from the automatic mode of their camera! This is the first essential step for those who want to progress in photography and take pictures that meet their expectations. By the end, you will understand the workings of your camera, the lens, and the various shooting functions.

Here are the main skills that will be acquired at the end of the 4 courses:

  • The ability to choose the appropriate image format (Jpeg or RAW)
  • Understanding the specific terms of the technical language of photography
  • Adjusting the white balance (correct colorimetry of the image)
  • Understanding the nature and function of the 3 exposure factors (sensitivity, aperture, shutter speed)
  • Use of semi-automatic shooting modes (speed and aperture priority)
  • Use of the manual shooting mode
  • Fine tuning the autofocus (focusing system)
  • Adjusting the light metering (to control the exposure of your image)

In short...

This training pack is for people who want to get out of the automatic mode! This is the first essential step for those who want to progress in photography and take pictures that meet their expectations. By the end, you will understand the workings of your camera, the lens, and the various shooting functions.

Practical info

Level : Beginner
All camera brands are accepted
Accepted cameras
Bridge or Hybrid  |  Digital Medium Format  |  Reflex Camera SLR
7 Maximum number of participants
Duration 14h
Workshop in English

Course 1: Camera Settings

Learning to use the manual mode of your reflex or bridge camera is an important step towards taking better pictures.

Operating manuals provided with the camera are monotonous and do not really show all there is to know about the many buttons and parameters available.

Understanding the parameters of the camera and knowing digital photography vocabulary is the first key step. White balance, sensor sensitivity (ISO), RAW format and exposure correction are only examples of terms that will be presented in a clear and concise way during the course.

This workshop will teach you how to:

  • Use the right image format between JPEG and RAW
  • Adjust the white balance
  • Correct the exposure
  • Set the ISO on the camera
  • Read a histogram
  • Use the “P” shooting mode

At the end of the workshop, we will off a complete debriefing so you can share your images from the session. This collective review by the photography teacher will ensure that everyone has a good understanding of the workshop, as well as the chance to be inspired by other students' work.

In this course, which is held by videoconference, small practical exercises are planned. Therefore, please make sure that you have your camera loaded and equipped with an empty memory card. Your mentor will establish the practice according to the environment of the house / apartment.


Course 2: Aperture and depth of field

Generally speaking, the camera lens, and the notions and adjustments that result from it, will be at the heart of this workshop:

  • The notion of focal length, i.e. the angle of vision covered by a lens, will be discussed and applied during the practical phase of the workshop. You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each category of focal length.
  • You will learn how to easily manage the exposure of an image by adjusting the aperture. You will learn how to use the A/Av shooting mode.
  • You will be able to manage your depth of field, i.e. the area of sharpness that extends in front of and behind the subject in focus (and therefore also the blurred area).

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to take portraits and landscape photos without distortion (linked to the choice of focal length), to put an artistic blur in your image, and to choose the sharpness area (linked to the choice of aperture).

During this course, which is held by videoconference, small practical exercises are of course planned. In this respect, please make sure that you have your device loaded and equipped with an empty image memory card. Your teacher will establish the practice according to the environment of the house or apartment.


Course 3: Speed and movement

How can movement be captured in photography? Or, on the other hand, how can you freeze the action of a scene?

Managing the exposure time – or the shutter speed – of the camera is the answer to these two questions and is, just like the depth of field, a key parameter in photography.

This parameter allows the light to hit the digital sensor for a defined amount of time, which will freeze or blur a movement.

In this case, you will have once again a wide array of creative possibilities: blur or freeze the action, get a panning (a moving subject is frozen in a blurry surrounding).

This workshop will teach you how to:

  • Use the “S” and “Tv” shooting modes
  • Make pannings of moving subjects
  • Freeze the movement of a subject
  • Use blur to suggest movement and bring dynamism to your pictures

During this course, which is held by videoconference, small practical exercises are of course planned. In this respect, please make sure that you have your device loaded and equipped with an empty image memory card. Your teacher will establish the practice according to the environment of the house or apartment.


Course 4: Light and focus

During this fourth and final workshop on camera technology, light management, focus, and the use of manual mode will be on the program!

Initially, the management and measurement of light will be discussed; you will learn how to use the different modes and settings to interpret and shape the light in an image.

Focus management will also be discussed. To achieve precise focus on a moving subject, or on an off-centre element, mastering the different autofocus modes and the selection of collimators are fundamental.

Finally, the manual-shooting mode will be at the heart of the practical phase; the aim will be to familiarise yourself with this non-automated mode, to make its use more obvious. Of course, the exercises proposed by your trainer will also focus on light measurement and the use of autofocus.

This course will teach you to:

  • Measure light using the different modes (spot, matrix, centre-weighted)
  • Take pictures with backlighting
  • Focus using the different modes and choosing the right collimators
  • Use the manual shooting mode without difficulty

During this course, which is held by videoconference, small practical exercises are of course planned. In this respect, please make sure that you have your device loaded and equipped with an empty image memory card. Your teacher will establish the practice according to the environment of the house or apartment.


Key Details

  • For better learning, please follow the 4 workshops chronologically
  • For each workshop, please bring your fully charged camera.
  • All the workshops in this pack are given online (live with your teacher via ZOOM)
  • Each course included in the pack lasts 3h30.
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