- How long are the workshops?
Each workshop is 3 hours.
- What are the class sizes?
Workshops are limited to 12 attendees per class.
- Do we bring our cameras to the workshop?
Absolutely, these classes are all about getting to know your camera. You can follow along and shoot during the presentation, that way any mistakes being made can be addressed on the spot and we can set you on the right path before you leave the studio. Bring your camera, lenses, memory card, and charged batteries.
- I am a total beginner, will I be able to keep up?
Yes, we start with exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) and show you how to put those settings together to have full creative control over your shot. I will be showing examples of my own photos shot in the exact same setting with different ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds so you can visually and tangibly get a feel for what they are and how they relate to one another and how each of the three settings really changes your photos.
- I consider myself advanced; would your class be too easy for me?
If you ever set your camera in Auto or Program mode because the images look better than what you can capture manually, then these classes are for you. If you can’t get the photos to look how you want to consistently time after time, you will learn how to accomplish that. If you are shooting in JPEG mode and not RAWs, then you will benefit from these classes.
- Your offering two different workshops. Should I take them back to back?
These classes really do build on one another. The first class is mostly in studio and playing with your camera to get comfortable with all of this manual photography business, with a bit of in studio application. The second is primarily application, with a limited amount of in studio course work. I think if you’ve been using your camera for awhile both could easily be taken back to back although that being said, taking a couple weeks in between to practice before the practical session can’t ever hurt either.
- Can I just take the second class, Get to Work: Beyond the Basics?
If you already understand Aperature, Shutter Speed and ISO as well as their relationship with one another and have a grasp of how to create photographs in Manual mode, as well as how to choose autofocus points and the basic controls of your camera you may be able to safely skip the first class.
- Do you have camera specific classes?
No I don’t. We will be covering very general photography topics that will apply to any and every camera you ever pick up. Within a few minutes of holding a new camera in your hands you should be able to assess the cameras functions and apply the principals learned in class to whatever camera you are using. While these classes are intended primarily for DSLR style cameras, even some high end point and shoot type cameras have manual controls and therefore the classes techniques could apply to those as well.
- Do I need an external flash?
We will be covering the cameras functions and how to make the most of natural light. In the future I may add some lighting courses so check back from time to time if this is something your interested in, or shoot me a note and if I get enough interested parties I may offer a one time pop-up class.
- Are there any handouts?
Yes, there are handouts with all of the points from the workshop.
- Is there a minimum age?
No, the youngest person I’ve had in the workshops so far is 12 and I’ve had a few 14 and 15 year olds, too. Considering I had my own darkroom at the age of 10, I don’t think you’re ever too young to start. I do, however, ask that if anyone under the age of 16 wants to attend the workshop, they are dropped off by a parent or guardian and check in with me when they arrive.
- I have a point and shoot camera, can I take the workshop?
Yes, there are some advanced point and shoot cameras out there like the Canon G9-15 or Nikon P7000 which have the same manual features as a DSLR so you can certainly take the workshops with a point and shoot. You may not be able to swap lenses to see how a telephoto compares to an ultra wide lens, and the features of a DSLR that we will discuss may be easier to access or the results more pronounced, but the principals certainly would apply to any camera with a manual mode.
- Do you take walk-ins?
We max out our classes at 12 students. Due to this very limited number of available seats in each workshop, we recommend always registering in advance.
- After your workshop will I have the skills to open up a photography business?
While it may take a bit of practice, you will have the basics of what it takes to shoot professional quality photos. There’s a bit more than quality photos that go into a business (*radical understatement), but hey, crazier things have happened. The biggest thing is that you practice, practice, practice, so practice, learn, delete, and repeat. With these tools and some practice you will be well on your way to making beautiful imagery, and really that’s what it’s all about in the end anyhow, right?
- Alright, I’m in, but where do we park?
There is ample free parking for Legend City Studios in a large lot to the South of Van Buren St, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Once there look for the only warehouse space with a large glass roll-up garage door and you’ve found us.
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