How well do you know your camera's functions and menus? Does your camera shoot video? Can its ISO be expanded? Can you change the way the images play back on the screen? Do you know the differences between the modes? What are picture styles? What should your default settings be? It doesn't matter what kind of camera you have, there's bound to be a question you have about it, and this is the class to get those questions answered!
This hands-on class will teach you how to control the look of your image with your camera’s ISO, aperture, shutter speed and focus settings. Controlling exposure, image noise, subject blur, depth of field, and focus, puts you in charge of the way your images look. Plenty of examples, plus plenty of classroom practice with your camera will lay a great foundation for building a winning portfolio of images.
What you see depends on where you stand should be the photographer’s maxim, and this class will help you choose where you should be standing to get the photo! Lens selection is about a lot more than just how much the image is magnified, it also changes the way the photo looks. Angle-of-view, contrast, sharpness, color, perspective; your lens affects all of these things, and different lenses affect them differently. This is the time to try out your lens in a variety of settings and learn how you can use this information to get the photos you want.
Thinking inside the box - that’s what artists do. All art has boundaries of time and space. For the photographer, the box is the camera’s viewfinder. How you frame your images affects their effect on the viewer. Composition, subject, contrast, moment, patterns and shapes; these are some of the things that go into the making of great photos. Come prepared to think!
Photographers need to be prepared to get great photos almost anywhere; in a cavern, in a canyon, excavating for a mine, dark churches, nightclubs, people’s homes and itty-bitty living spaces as well as outdoors in all sorts of weather. We know that the light is often not doing what you want (darn light), so how do you get fantastic, incredible photos that will amaze your friends and astound your enemies? Learn how your flash can give you phenomenal cosmic powers*; we’ll bounce, balance, fill, and dominate with your speed light on-camera. HSS, TTL, SCS, SSF, (don’t you love those TLA’s**), flash duration, flash exposure compensation, all will be put in its proper place and made clear. This is useful and really cool stuff, so sign up right now!
**High Speed Sync, Through The Lens, Second Curtain Sync, Slow Sync Flash, Three Letter Acronyms
I don't know about you, but people are my favorite kind of people. Sometimes, though, we can't quite get the photo we want. That’s why you need this class! How we stand, lean and sit, hold our hands and head, and where we look, all convey messages to others. Learn how to pose people. Learn which lenses to use, how to work with natural and artificial light, the techniques of the street photographer, the portraitist and the wedding shooter all rolled into one great class.
A macro lens is a useful thing to have, opening to your creative side a world to which you may never have paid attention. Many lenses are available, but knowing which one to buy and why, is a must. This class will walk you through the issues of lighting, depth of field, focus, focal length, etc, and introduce you to alternate methods of magnifying small objects. Get ready for fun and a new perspective on the world!
Import and organize - those are the primary functions of the Lightroom Library module. This is not only where we will layout how we want our images in our system directory, but how we will organize them in Lightroom, using the program's collection sets, collections and smart collections. Get ready for metadata (I never metadata I didn't like); file names, titles, keywords and captions, and come on into a world where you can actually find what you're looking for!
Editing your images. If you're a good photographer you won't have to spend much time here, and even less after we've shown you the ropes on a great editing workflow. Lightroom is a powerful program, and offers you all the tools you need to bring good photos into the realm of perfection.
Lightroom's sophisticated editing tools take time to master, so we've got an extra class to help you ease into familiarity. In Lightroom 2, the intro to editing, we demonstrate the global adjustment tools. In this class we advance to working with the local adjustment tools, demonstrating and helping you learn just how powerful and effective they can be in perfecting your images
Everything else you wanted to know about Lightroom but were afraid to ask.
This advanced studio workshop teaches the art of photographing classical dance positions and the secrets of lighting them well. We do motion blurs, freeze the action, sculpt and shape the light to reveal the classical beauty of the dance. Build your portfolio, learn new techniques and have hours of enjoyment all in one session!
Modern studio flashes are reliable, easy to use, give a superior quality of light and total control over the resulting image. They are also more affordable than they have ever been, sometimes costing even less than on-camera flashes! We’ll demonstrate many of the myriad light modifiers available to the 21st century photographer: reflectors, umbrellas, grids, snoots, soft boxes, strip boxes, beauty dishes and diffusers. We’ll show you how to guage your exposure with just your camera. And we’ll demonstrate the results you will get using single light, two light, three lignt and four light set ups. Join the St. Louis Photo Authority® crew as we explain the ins and outs of these great tools and how they will open new options for you as a photographer.
I love cities! Unlike the jungle, where the lion sleeps tonight, there is always something going on somewhere in the city. Even the deserted downtown street corner, absent the hubbub and hustle of the business day, hums the quiet tune of a buzzing streetlight punctuated by the occasional whoosh of a passing vehicle, the wail of a distant siren or the soft shuffle of a lone wanderer. Not all who wander, though, are lost; we search the city with a purpose, listening to her syncopated sounds and seeing in islands of light or seas of shadows our art. Bring a tripod, remote release and flashlight with your camera and dress for the weather.