Digital Photography Improvers CourseTutor: Mike Sleigh of Polypodphoto The Guildford Institute 10am – 4pm
Would you like to improve your digital photography skills and produce better photographs whilst capturing interesting images of Guildford?
Thank you for joining the course• What type/sort of photography are you interested in?• What experience of photography have you?• Have you migrated from film to digital?• What do you hope to gain from the course?• What use do you want to put the resulting photograph to? - Print, Art print, Internet?
Before taking the photograph• Actually seeing what you are shooting is as important as knowing how to take the photograph.• Do you ‘see’ when you look at a subject? – do you really see what you are taking?• Are you happy with the photos that you take? – if not is it you or a problem with the camera, or both?• How’s the composition and framing? – it’s down to the eye of the photographer.• Is the colour/sharpness/image quality OK? – dependant on the ability of the camera or how it’s been set up by the photographer.• What can the photographer do to get better photographs? (assuming that they are not just “snaps” taken without much consideration).
Picture CompositionGood subject composition and framing canturn an ordinary picture into a greatphotograph. Use your eye to look at thesubject within a frame, place the subject(s)within the frame to create a goodcomposition.Subjects which are moving are more difficultto capture without blurring, this can be achallenge – especially with compact cameras.
Points to consider before taking the photographCan the shot be better composed or framed?Is it really worth taking the photograph?Is the light right?Is the subject moving?Is a ‘creative’ photograph required?Has the camera got manual settings?Can the photo be improved by using extra kit?
Automatic Shooting Shutter Speed Other than basic compacts most On basic compact cameras this cameras will give the option of usually is set by the camera automatic shooting by selecting automatically but being able to change the shutter speed according pictograms/symbols for the type to the subject is very useful - a faster of target subject, such as Portrait, shutter speed allows the capture of Landscape, Sports, Night etc. moving subjects.Advanced Shooting Aperture Higher end cameras will allow the The size of the hole in the lens, this selection of ‘modes’ to suit the governs the amount of light being situation and to be creative. received by the sensor and allows the use of the camera in different lighting These settings include the ability conditions, with manual setting it can to set the aperture and shutter be used creatively to alter the depth speed independently. of field.
Focusing Focal Length of Lenses Automatic on all On cameras with compact/advanced interchangeable lenses a compact/CSC cameras , range of focal lengths are auto on SLR cameras but available, from wide angle can be focused manually for to telephoto. On compact creative control. and advanced compactDepth of Field cameras ‘Zoom’ takes the The amount (depth) of the place of interchangeable photograph that is in focus. lenses. Depth of field is governed by the size of the hole in the lens aperture
Camera Settings• ISO – the ‘speed’ • pictograms/symbols for (sensitivity) setting the type of target• White Balance – usually subject, such as auto on basic cameras Portrait, Landscape,• Flash on/flash off Sports, Night etc• Image Recording • Higher end cameras will Quality - a range of allow the selection of image quality settings ‘modes’ to suit the situation and to be• RAW image setting creative
• No matter how good the camera is or how many accessories there are, capturing a ‘good’ photo depends on the photographers ability to see and interpret what is being viewed before pressing the shutter button.• Post capture image processing can rescue some photos but getting it right at the point of taking the photo is a better course of action.
Image Processing and OutputIf the image requires correction orimprovement and adjustment afterdownloading from the camera there are anumber of software packages available.Image size and the amount of processingrequired will depend on the end use of theimage - different combination of resolution,image size and image quality.
Checklist• Record or creative photograph ?• Is the lighting OK? Is the subject moving?• Is there a copyright issue?• Model Release Form required?• Does taking photos require a permit?• When going out to take specific photos always plan in advance - check access restrictions.• Always take spare batteries and SD/CF cards.
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