Art of
                Photography
Individualized instruction in  photography online and hands on in the classroom.
Instructor Don Camp
Project #1  Get to Know Your Camera.
Every camera is different. But any camera can become a wonderful and creative tool if you know how to use it. This project explores the capabilities of your camera, whether that camera is an iPhone, a professional level DSLR or a  point and shoot camera. You will learn and practice using your camera's controls and explore the creative limits and range of your lenses. If you are new to photography or have a new camera, this is the place to begin.

Explore the controls available on your camera Project #1
 
Project #2  Take control: Aperture
Every camera has an aperture, even if it is set automatically. The aperture is the size of the opening in the lens. Its function is to control the amount of light that enters the camera. The aperture on most cameras can be changed to allow more or less light into the camera. But the aperture does much more. Its size determines the depth of field, and it determines the shutter speed required to make a well exposed picture. And those both make a big difference in your picture.

Get to know how the aperture can be changed and how you can control the picture using the aperature. Project #2


aperture
Project #3  Take control: Shutter speed
Every camera has a shutter, though fully automatic cameras do not allow direct control of the shutter.  The shutter opens and shuts allowing light to reach the camera's sensor making the exposure. But shutter speed, like the aperture, does much more. With any subject that is moving, the shutter speed determines how sharp the picture is. That makes the shutter speed very important if a sharp picture is desired. But it also allows creative control.

Get to know how the shutter speed can be changed and how you can use shutter speed creatively. Project #3

Shutter speed
1 2 3 4

Exposure
Sometimes my pictures don't come out as I planned. The subject in this candid street picture I shot in India turned out too dark. The problem was exposure; this picture was underexposed. It is possible to fix the picture using  photo-editing  programs like GIMP or Photoshop, but knowing how to take well exposed pictures in the first place will save time and work. And well exposed pictures are far easier to work with creatively than poorly exposed shots. 

Learn how to adjust your camera to take well exposed pictures in difficult lighting situation. Project Exposure

exposure


 Page 2     Page 3     Page 4

Upload pictures to the class Flickr site LINK

Photo Gallery