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2021 - Term 1


Getting to Know Your Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera

Learn how to use your digital SLR or mirrorless camera to improve your photography. 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; focusing; 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 Thursdays 6.30pm from 28th January
Fees 4x 2hr sessions - $90
Tutor Ian Smissen

 

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 mirrorless camera, please consider doing the course Getting to Know Your Digital SLR or Mirrorless 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 mirrorless 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.

Time & Date Thursdays 6.30pm from 25th February
Fees 5x 2hr sessions (plus 2 x field trips) - $151
Field trips: Saturday 6th March and Saturday 20th March – times and locations TBA during the course.
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. We will focus on the use of the Library and Develop modules in Lightroom to manage and process photographs, including: importing and managing files; processing images using global and local adjustments – exposure, contrast, white balance, colour management, noise removal, sharpening, cropping. We will also look at the basic functions in Photoshop that can enhance what we do in Lightroom, including filters, layers and masking.

Pre-requisites and expectations of background knowledge
It is recommended that participants have photo files in RAW format. If you are a beginner with a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, please consider doing the course Getting to Know Your Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera first.

Participants will be expected to have basic computer skills. No prior knowledge of Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop is expected.

What you will need
Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop pre-installed – please do this before the first class. These two software packages are available (for Mac or PC) as a combined Photography package from www.adobe.com/au/ products/special-offers.html for $AU14.29 per month and you can cancel your subscription at any time.

Time & Date Wednesdays 6.30pm from 3rd March
Fees 4x 2hr sessions -$90
Tutor Ian Smissen