Photography has exploded in recent years as digital cameras have become affordable and easier to use. There are many courses that teach students the artistic aspect of “how to become a better photographer” or “how to improve your eye,” but this is not one of them. Instead, students—from one-time users to professionals—become better photographers through an understanding of the technical aspects and terms of a digital camera. Learn why photos look blurry at night, why color management is important, what the difference between sports mode and portrait mode on the camera’s dial is, and how to manipulate the camera without the need of these modes in the first place. Topics include exposure and metering, flash, dynamic range, CMOS and CCD sensors, color filter arrays, RAW versus JPEG formats, color spaces and profiles, editing photos with Photoshop, and optical and computational artifacts. Through lectures and hands-on assignments, students understand the jargon and compromises of digital photography that ultimately expose the workings of digital cameras. You are not required to own a digital camera, but if you do, one with a manual mode and an option for RAW is recommended.
Amy’s 7 golden rules to find great story ideas:
1) Read voraciously
2)Talk to many kinds of people
3)Humanize bigger issues
5)Write down your ideas
6)Be an observer of life
7)Trust your own instincts
While browsing on Photo Philantropy‘s website I stumbled upon a great piece of advice on how to put together a succesfull photo essay. Although it’s clearly aimed at photographers willing to work for NGOs, it still works for any kind of story told through pictures. A list of shots that should make up the story is also given including: scene setting, portrait, detail and action. In my opinion, you might just want to add a shot showing relationships between people (are they friends, lovers or just colleagues?), and a closing shot. All in all a very helpfull piece of advice for all aspiring photographers out there anyway.
Da Martedì 25 Ottobre terrò un corso di fotografia presso la scuola Professione Fotografo a Genova. Si tratta di 8 incontri da 2 ore ciascuno (16 ore in tutto) in cui affronterò la tecnica fotografica dalla A alla Z, con un occhio di riguardo allo sviluppo di uno stile personale. Per le iscrizioni, contattare:
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