ONE-on-ONE Photography Courses

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My One-on-One Photography courses are customized for YOU. I focus on, Your photographic interests, Your camera settings,
Your cameras features, Your knowledge, The courses are conducted at a time and date to suit you, for one or two participants. They are face to face at my studio or online via Zoom in the comfort of your home .
I offer four photography modules; Module 1; Camera Functions and features. Module 2; Composition and Exposure, Module 3; Editing fundamentals, Module 4; Adobe Lightroom.

Each One-on-One Photography Course is customized to your knowledge and your interests, whether you are a student, a beginner, or a serious amateur,

Mastering your camera functions can be confusing and complicated. Too many menus, too many modes, too many options, and a very confusing user manual.

By the end of the course you will have the confidence to use all the functions and features on your camera, allowing you to focus on the event or subject you want to capture.

Topics covered in this course are;

  • Identifying all the functions on your camera and their purpose
  • Explaining and adjusting all your camera settings
  • Discussing the Exposure triangle and the relationship between Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO
  • Explaining the light metering modes and when to use them
  • Discussing the relationship between Aperture choice and Depth of field.
  • How to select the best shutter speed
  • How to choose the best ISO setting
  • Focus mode and focus area options.
  • Drive modes, single shot continuous, delayed and remote
  • The importance of the Histogram to ensure you have the best exposure settings
  • White balance options and the prefered settings
  • Discussing the scene modes and manual modes and which ones to use for different situations
  • Explain difference between raw and JPG images

A comprehensive set of notes covering all the topics discussed are provided on the day.

In this course we explore the components of a good composition, in particular seeing the light, choosing the best POV, and lens choice.

A good composition is about storytelling, composing an image that anyone can relate to. Like words in a book, a photo should consist of elements that tell a story about an event, its location, the emotions , the weather, the mood. It must have a clear subject and no confusing or conflicting elements

We will discuss;

  • Seeing the light and how it reacts with your subject, the essence of a great photo.
  • choosing the time of day, around sunrise, around sunset the Blue hour and Golden hour
  • leading lines to guide the eye through the image and create perspective.
  • looking for layers to give depth with , foreground elements , fields, mountains, and sky
  • using focal points, silhouettes, converging lines
  • the importance POV, the camera position and height to create perspective
  • controlling the weight of elements using different lens angles
  • the use of colours to convey emotions and moods
  • seeing in B&W

I will also explain how to determine the correct exposure settings;

  • For different lighting situations,
  • Sunrises, sunsets,
  • Landscapes, seascapes,
  • Beach and snow scenes
  • Nighttime, low light, star trails
  • The importance of the Ansel Adams greyscale.

A comprehensive set of notes covering all the topics discussed are provided on the day.

Good editing workflow is part and parcel of producing great images. There is a sequences in which the editing steps should be done to achieve the best outcome. Most good editing programs have similar functions for editing your image. For my course I prefer the hands on approach with participants bringing their laptop with their photo editing program ( if you have one) and 3 or 4 images to adjust. Alternatively you may bring a USB stick with three or four images and I will demonstrate each editing step using Adobe Lightroom, my preferred editing program. During the session I will also discuss setting up your own library and ways of backing up your precious photos. I will explain the advantages of non destructive editing programs over destructive editing programs e.g Adobe Photoshop photo. Also the difference between the Raw format (the preferred editing format) and the JPEG format will be discussed.

At the end of the course you will have two or three edited images to take home and understand the order in which to edit your photos and save them.

My session covers all the basic adjustments which may including ;

  • Downloading images
  • Cropping and straightening,
  • Exposure adjustment ,
  • Highlights correction
  • Shadows adjustment
  • Setting the white point
  • Setting the black point
  • Masking
  • Noise reduction
  • Sharpening,
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Clarity
  • Dehaze
  • Luminance
  • Saturation,
  • B&W processing,
  • Printing

A comprehensive set of notes covering all the topics discussed are provided on the day.

I will demonstrate how to use the many features that Lightroom now has. Ideally I prefer the participants to bring their own laptops and explore all the features on their own images at the session.

I will discuss the various way of setting up your own library and to download and catalogue your images; set up collections and collection sets. and how to apply keywords.

Best workflow procedures will be also demonstrated and explained.

The following feature may be demonstrated;

  • Graduated filter
  • Brush tool
  • Radial tool
  • White balance correction
  • Detail ( sharpening) tool
  • Crop tool
  • Effects tool
  • Lens correction tool
  • Transform tool
  • Curves.
  • Denoise
  • Lens Blur
  • subject selection
  • sky selection
  • background selection
  • colour calibration

A comprehensive set of notes covering all the topics discussed are provided on the day with a shortcuts cheat sheet.