No specific requirements in terms of experience or equipment owned. Total beginners are welcome too!
Taking a photo means exposing your camera’s sensor (or film) to light; I will explain to you in a simple way how cameras work and how to control exposure through the proper use of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I will also show to you, with the help of real-life examples, how to achieve the effects you want and how moving away from your camera’s automatic modes will not only give you control on your results, but also accelerate your learning
Understanding your camera
There is only a small number of functions that you really need to understand in your camera, no matter what model you have. Other functions are nice to have but you will use them only occasionally, and others you will probably never use! I will show to you what the important settings and modes are and when you need to use them, depending on your own objectives
There are a lot of popular “rules” about composition and those can indeed help you to improve your photography. But it is all about catching your viewer’s attention with your work and I will explain to you how to do that, with the help of real-life examples. Photography is hardly ever about rules and once you understand how to involve your viewers into your images, your work will improve dramatically
There is a popular joke saying that “if you teach your kids photography they will never have money for drugs”; photography can indeed be extremely expensive but it does not have to! I will explain to you what kind of equipment you really need for your needs and where you can save money. You will be surprised to see how much you can achieve even with a small budget and I will show to you real-life examples of popular photos that have been taken with very simple equipment (even with a mobile phone!)
Insight into my work
I will explain in details how I took some of my most popular images, why they worked so well and what kind of decisions and challenges are behind them. I will also answer any questions you may have about my work!
Feedback on your work
Every person has a different style and different objectives. I will review your work and give you practical tips about how to come closer to your own objectives; my feedback will cover topics such as composition, camera settings, editing, creativity and any questions you may have!
Short introduction to photo editing
Photography is also about how you edit your photos, no matter if you are using Photoshop or a mobile phone app to do that. I will explain to you why editing is important, how you can enhance your work with it and what you need for a proper edit. You will see that you do not always need to spend hours editing one photo and that what you do really depends on your own taste and objectives. Once again, there are hardly ever “rules” in photography!
Before you leave, I will answer any questions you may still have