Camera Basics for the New Photographer
with Jan Tyler
May 8, 2017
June 26, 2017
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Full Participation sold out.
Do you have a camera but don’t know where to start? You aren’t alone! Join us in this one week workshop for beginners– you’ll learn how to use your camera, avoid the ten common mistakes that every beginner makes, and use 20 tips and tricks you need to know to get better images NOW!
This is a Click Photo School textbook course, and you’ll see beautiful examples from a number of photographers to help you understand the concepts covered. We’ll cover everything from understanding file size and camera settings to choosing an exposure and focusing mode. No prior experience is necessary– the simple exercises and tips will get you up and running with your camera in no time!
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work
this course has prerequisites
students need a camera and internet access
Jan Tyler of One Boy Photography is a natural light photographer living outside of Charleston, SC with her husband, son, and dog. Her son is the main subject of her work and the inspiration for her love of light. Jan creates a strong connection between the subject and the viewer by combining a minimalistic photography style with storytelling details. She often uses the Lensbaby Composer Pro Optic Swap System on her Nikon d750 to help isolate and draw the viewer’s attention to her subject, and also enjoys using the editing process to help her tell her stories.
Her portfolio is available here.
• A PDF to get you started with your camera
• 10 common mistakes every beginner makes
• 20 pro tips and tricks to get better images now
• Getting started video
• Several videos to help you along the way (shooting, light, lenses, perspective)
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
File Sizes, Raw vs. jpeg
Choosing an Exposure Modes
Taking Control with Exposure Compensation
ISO (and the basics of the exposure triangle)
Lenses and Perspective
Tips and Tricks
Exercises to get started
Bonus: What to do with your images (downloading, storing– very basic)
Reading: understanding file sizes; raw vs. jpeg; understanding and choosing exposure modes; exposure compensation; understanding and choosing focusing modes; ISO and auto ISO; lenses; troubleshooting; accessories; exercises to get you started
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment at the end of the week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop (one week). Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.