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  • 1. Summer Arts Camp - Basic Photography Lesson Gina Pierson
  • 2. What are we going to do today? ● Fundamental photography concepts: composition, exposure, lighting ● Hardware ● Software ● Portrait photos ● Still Life photos ● Future of Photography ● Careers in Photography
  • 3. How did I end up here today? ● Introductions ● History ● SCAHC & SCC ● Why did I chose photography? ● Why do I love photography? ● What are you looking to get from today? ● Can you see yourself becoming a photographer one day?
  • 4. Fundamentals of Photography - Composition ● 10 Rules of Composition – Simplify the scene – Fill the Frame – Aspect Ratio – Avoid the middle (Rule of Thirds) – Leading Lines – Use Diagonals – Space to Move – Backgrounds – Creative Colors – Breaking the Rules (visual language)
  • 5. Fundamentals of Photography - Exposure
  • 6. Fundamentals of Photography - Lighting ● “Writing with Light” ● Off and On Camera Flashes ● Natural lighting ● Creating Shadows (volume) ● Being Creative ● Broader ● Closer/farther ● Diffusion ● Bouncing ● Frontlit/backlit ● Sidelit/below – texture ● Silhouette – backlighting ● Light has color even when it looks white ● White balance – adjusts lighting in camera to make white objects appear white ● Color temperature – Sun – blue – Incandescent or halogen blub – red/orange
  • 7. Hardware – Your “Gear” ● Point and Shoot ● Cell phones ● DSLR - Full frame and cropped frame ● External Flash ● Shutter Releases ● Umbrellas ● Studio lights ● Underwater/outdoor cameras
  • 8. Hardware – Camera Settings ● Aperature ● Shutter ● ISO ● Exposure Compensation ● Focus ● Aperature/Shutter Priority ● Different modes ● Shutter release ● Self timer ● Continuous/single ● Bracketing/HDR
  • 9. Software ● Post-processing in the digital age ● Effects ● Social media – Instagram – Snapseed – Picasa ● Professional Photo Editing/Design packages ● Cataloging
  • 10. Portrait Photography – Fashion Photos ● Combination of fashion and photographic elements ● Creating a work of art ● Accessories, clothes, makeup ● Style/Trends ● Study photography and fashion industry ● Engaging model – making eye contact/focus ● Looking away/looking at each other ● Light creates drama ● Props ● Angles ● Candids/emotion
  • 11. Still Life Photos ● Reflective objects ● Tripods and angles ● Shutter Release ● Backdrop ● Composition ● Lightbox ● Demand
  • 12. Future of Photography ● Internet is more and more visual with social media – Pinterest – Instagram ● Value will be in photographer not the photography ● Being small and fluid ● Integrity ● Caring about issues ● Being in the right place at the right time ● Technology – in the 18th Century everyone could afford a paintbrush but not everyone could master it!
  • 13. Careers in Photography ● Photojournalism ● Fashion ● Commercial ● Fine Art ● Forensics/Medical ● Portrait ● Event