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Class No 708 – fee $420

DIGITAL CAMERA OR CELL PHONE  – MAKING THE BEST OF BOTH

Tutor: DAVE WETHEY

Digital cameras have been around for decades in a variety of forms. We may have become very familiar with them or been somewhat baffled by the technology and not really explored their capabilities. But for any reason they may also be taking a back seat to that camera in the cell phone that is convenient, easily used and quick to share pictures.

This course, suitable for all types of digital cameras (including cell phones), will cover all the need-to-know features of your digital camera that will make a significant impact on your photographs. It will highlight the differences between a digital camera and a cell phone so you can choose which is the most relevant option for any situation. Topics covered will include: Shooting modes – why we should get off Auto; Resolution and quality – what’s important & how is it set; ISO – what is it, when should I change it and what to? Using flash effectively – when to use it and when not to use it; better exposures and colour – how to easily make a big difference.

Composition is a vital part of the impact of an image and will be covered in depth looking at a variety of topics: how to use your zoom lens(es); what makes a strong composition – how to create them; photographing people, motion, landscapes, travel and other subjects; understanding depth-of-field and how it affects composition; learning to be more creative and “see” image opportunities.

Post-production (handling images on a computer) will be used to evaluate what is shot during the workshop and will cover: file formats and what is right for you; managing (storing) images; production workflow – how to improve the quality of an image; effective cropping to improve impact; using images effectively, including emails, social media, layouts and writing captions.

This workshop, for all levels of experience, is a hands on, practical workshop in easy to understand language with notes provided. It will provide the knowledge and confidence to enjoy this technology rather than be intimidated by it. And it will be fun – that is guaranteed.

 

Dave runs an imaging and photography consultancy and comes from a professional career spanning three decades in the newspaper industry where he worked as a chief photographer, a specialist in digital imaging and as an illustrations editor. He has been involved extensively in the implementation of digital technology and has comprehensive knowledge of digital cameras, applications, systems, digital management and publishing. He specialises in teaching and training in photography, digital imaging, design and the effective use of images for the newspaper industry, tertiary institutions including the University of Canterbury and Christchurch Polytechnic as well as for groups, businesses and personal tutoring and mentoring.

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