Week 1 | Foundations of Advanced Shooting
Discussion of effectively and accurately setting exposure using The Zone System, temperatures of different forms of light and how it affects white balance, obtaining the correct Kelvin temperature in-camera, the pros of ‘back button’ focusing, thoughts before you click the shutter, the characteristics of varying focal lengths and lens types. Purposefully using depth of field, motion and varying ISO settings for a stronger image
Week 2 | Flat and Directional Light
Discuss characteristics and usage of the basic directions of light, lighting patterns such as split light, rembrandt light, and up lighting, light placement techniques such as broad and short light, capturing dramatic natural light portraits indoors, the sparkle of catchlights, creating dreamy backlight images indoors, obtaining dimension and texture, modifying light sources, using light to minimize background elements, methods for effectively shooting in uninteresting light
Week 3 | High Dynamic Lighting Situations
Discuss the limitations of the camera’s sensor when capturing a dynamic tonal range, the necessary shooting and exposure decisions, purposefully incorporating blown highlights and clipped blacks, how the position of the sun affects purposeful shooting, shooting during golden hour including haze, flares and rim lighting, reflecting and filtering light, hard light vs soft light, shooting in patches of light, tonal range and how it effects black and white imagery
Week 4 | Creative Shooting Techniques
The beauty of low light imagery – shooting and editing, minimizing noise and embracing it, grain vs digital noise, the art of artificial light, out of focus imagery, silhouettes, capturing light and shadows, purposeful underexposure, time elapsed photography such as light writing, zoom blur and double exposure
Participants should be proficient in their understanding of shooting in manual, the exposure triangle, and their preferred processing software.
DSLR with lens and processing software (lightroom or photoshop)
For participants to learn advanced photography techniques and gain the technical abilities to skillfully, purposefully, and creatively produce stronger images to match their vision through weekly lessons and assignments.