With some of the educational material, I will be supplying support material for people to use. They will be located here, ready for download.
PLEASE NOTE: Currently I’m teaching in the southwest Florida region. If you are interested in having me come and teach at your location, please feel free to contact me using the “Contact Me” menu at the top of the page. Also, if you need this course modified for a certain time frame let me know as these are adjustable. Also, I do have a supplemental work book that I have created for each of these classes. When I used to go to conferences, you had to write everything down and you usually missed something. With 95% of the material already on paper, the student can focus on learning and interacting. TheÂ work books for the software classes are step by step so the student can reproduce the results at home. I also provide the sample files that I use for the course.
Here is the class syllabus for the photography class that I teach.
As you will see, I have broke the course down into three hour blocks. The course is designed for six weeks. There are three “classroom” setting classes and three field trips. I designed the class this way so students will get hands on “one on one” time with me out in the field. We can talk about techniques and theory all day however, it’s my belief that until you go out and do it, that is when the education sticks.
First, we look at what photography is and then we discuss how the camera works. Also, during this discussion we talk about the “Exposure Triangle”. This is when we discuss how ISO, aperture and shutter speed all come together to produce a proper exposure.
During the second classroom setting, we look at various equipment and why a photographer may want one piece over another. We also cover accessories and which ones are practical and which ones are leaving on the shelf.
Lastly, we look at the digital photographer’s work flow. Now that the photographer has all of these photos, what is the best way to keep things organized? We look at a complete work flow from start to finish.
Click HERE to download the PDF of the photography syllabus.
Right now it seems the “Strobist” movement is in full swing. Lighting is one of those core principals that photographers really need to understand. However, it seems to be one of the biggest techniques misunderstood. Without light, there would be no image. This class is really the advanced “Digital Photography Exposed”.
Here we look at exactly how light works. I’m not talking about trying to explain the “Inverse Square Law”. Most photographers go running when you start trying to explain this theory. I boil everything down into simple, understandable pieces of information that anyone can understand.
With this class we start by working with the flash that is on the camera. After that, we explore how the quality of the photographs increase dramatically as we get the flash off the camera.
As far as equipment goes, I try to keep the supplies as cheap as possible. For some of the examples, I use some supplies from a hardware store. Heck, I even use a $9.95 shower curtain instead of a $400 skrim! This class is always fun and it’s really neat to see what the students come up with. Like the Digital Photography Exposed class, this has the classroom setting for a couple of classes and on location shoots for the balance of the class.
Click HERE to download the PDF of the Lighting for Digital Photographers syllabus.
High Dynamic Range or HDR for short is a get technology. What is HDR? In a nutshell, HDR are multiple photographs that have been taken of the same scene that have been combined into a composite photograph. Sound confusing? It’s really not that hard to understand. Basically, the camera is taking multiple exposures from dark to light. After the photographs have been taken, computer software takes over and blends them together.
With this technology, you can photograph at noon and your photos will have detail in the highlights and in the shadow areas. The alternative was we used to have to do this with a image editing program such as Photoshop. We would have to bring all of the photos in as layers and mask in the best parts of each one. This was very time consuming. Now, we have automation software on our side.
This class is split up into two sections. The first section is explaining the camera settings and how to capture the scene out in the field. The second part of this class is how to process the photos and bring everything together. We look at the “artsy” version of HDR and a “realistic” version of HDR.
Click HERE to download the PDF of the HDR for Digital Photographers syllabus.
With the invention of the digital camera, came the invention of the digital file. In this class we first look at how to organize all of your photos. We also look at how to set up a possible file structure so your computer never “eats another photo”.
One of the greatest additions to Elements is Camera RAW. I have ran into so many people that have no clue that this functionally exists in Elements. This would be the selling feature for me to buy it. I spend a whole class on this feature.
There are times when the camera just didn’t do what you wanted it to. The photo might be a little dark or light. I show you a variety of ways to combat this. Also, I go over cropping, dodging and burning, cloning, healing, double processing and copyright just to name a few.
This class covers what most photographers want to know. Also, the price point of Elements can’t be beat. Elements is a very versatile and flexible program. For this class, not only is there a work book available, I also give you all of the sample photos that I use in class so you will ensure success at home.
Click HERE to download the PDF of the Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers syllabus.
This is similar to the Elements class except for one small detail, I use Photoshop CS. Currently CC is what is available and that is what I teach. CS has many more options for the digital photographer than Elements does. Also, Photoshop CS comes with Bridge. Bridge is a file viewing application. It offers more flexibility versus Elements Organizer in my opinion in that you don’t have to “import” anything for it to be seen. If there is a file on your computer, then Bridge will see it and open it in the corresponding program. Bridge is also integrated with Adobe’s other products such as InDesign and Illustrator.
In Photoshop CS, Camera RAW is really beefed up and gives you many more options to enhance your photographs. Most of the time I find that Camera RAW can fix all of my issues without having to go into Photoshop itself.
One of the issues that we tackle in this class is color management. I have heard countless times, “The photo that was just printed doesn’t match my screen.” I break down the whole process step by step. We start at the camera level and work our way to the printer. I show some accessories that makes this task much easier.
There is a work book available for this class like the rest and there are also sample files that I hand out. This ensures that the student will get the same results when they are at home.
Click HERE to download the PDF of the Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers syllabus.
Mastering Manual Mode & Photo Recipes
This has been one of the biggest requests. Students and friends ask me how I shoot in manual and could I break it down into English. After years of teaching the Digital Photography Exposed class, it was time for a follow up booklet.
The wait is over. This booklet is available FREE to all of my faithful readers that have put up with me over the years. This booklet is 16 pages and included a field guide that you can print out, laminate and take with you when you are out shooting.
The first part of the booklet covers what ISO, aperture and shutter speed is and how they work together to produce what you see on the back of your camera. Then I explain how I set the camera in manual mode. I list out the steps so you should be able to get a proper exposure in less than five seconds (assuming you know where your buttons are).
The second part of the booklet are photo recipes. I have listed some examples on what settings I used for certain situations to get you started.
I hope this booklet is informative and helps you on your photographic journey. It was a blast to put together for all my students and friends. Drop me a line and let me know what you think. Thanks…
Click HERE to download the PDF for the Mastering Manual Mode & Photo Recipes Booklet.