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Term 2 2019


Introduction to Landscape Photography

This course is a general introduction to the topic of landscape photography. It is suitable for photographers who have a good understanding of their cameras and are looking to expand their photographic expertise and experience into landscape. Topics covered will include:defining and understanding landscape photography,camera settings for landscape photography; advice on shooting in the field; understanding light; composition;strategies for finding and making memorable landscape photographs. The course will include two field trips and critiques of participant photographs.

Pre-requisites and expectations of background knowledge: It is expected that participants have a good understanding of how to use their camera and how to change the functional and background menu settings, so it is important that participants have a copy of their camera manual with them during the course. If you are a beginner with a digital SLR or mirror less camera, please consider the doing course Getting to Know Your Digital SLR or Mirror less Camera first.

What you will need: A camera with some level of manual control (i.e., the capability to override the fully automatic settings) is desirable so you can get the most from the technical aspects of the course. Most modern compact cameras,‘bridge’ cameras, DSLR or mirror less cameras would be suitable. However, a significant proportion of this course deals with aesthetics of landscape photography so almost any camera will do. A camera with interchangeable lenses or a built-in zoom lens would be desirable but is NOT mandatory. A tripod would be highly desirable but is NOT mandatory.Please note: This course will discuss a range of gear and introduce some advanced techniques but participation in the course will not require specialised gear so participants are advised to NOT purchase gear they don’t already own just to take this course. The tutor will provide advice on the appropriate gear that participants may wish to purchase in the future if they want to pursue an interest in landscape photography.
Field trips:Saturday 11th May Time TBA & Saturday 25th May Time TBA
Time & Date Thurs 6.30pm from 2nd May
Fees 7x 2hr sessions (including 2 x field trips) - $151
Tutor Ian Smissen

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera

This course is designed to enhance your knowledge of your digital SLR or mirror less camera. Topics covered will include: basic camera functions – menus and buttons; file formats – JPEG vs RAW; understanding and controlling exposure – aperture, shutter speed and ISO; understanding program/auto, semi-automatic and manual exposure controls; metering modes, scene modes and picture settings; focussing; lenses and accessories. The course will also include critiques of participant photographs.
Pre-requisites and expectations of background knowledge:
No background knowledge is required for this course.
What you will need:
A digital SLR or mirrorless camera.
Your camera manual – all camera makes and models are different, so it is important that participants have a copy of their camera manual with them during the course.
Time & Date Tues 7pm from 30th April
Fees 4x 2hr sessions - $90
Tutor Ian Smissen

Photo Processing with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

This is an introductory course for photographers who want to learn how to manage, edit and process their photographs using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The main emphasis will be on the use of the Library and Develop functions in Lightroom to manage and process photographs, including: importing and managing files; global and local adjustments – exposure, contrast, white balance, colour management, noise removal, sharpening, cropping. We will also look at functions in Photoshop that can enhance what we do in Lightroom, including filters, layers and masking.
Pre-requisites and expectations of background knowledge:
Participants will be expected to have basic computer skills.
What you will need
Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop pre-installed. These two software packages are available (for Mac or PC) as a combined Photography package from adobe.com.au for $AU14.29 per month and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
It is highly recommended that participants have photo files in RAW format.
Time & Date Thurs 6.30pm from 6th June
Fees 4x 2hr sessions - $90
Tutor Ian Smissen