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Foundational Photography School Details

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3 Essential Camera Lessons

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Lesson 01 Aperture

*photo by Easy Camera Art student, Deborah Lee

You will learn about the flow of light through the camera. Then I will get you shooting in “Aperture Priority,” a semi-automatic mode that allows you to concentrate on “depth of field”. Half-way through, I will show you how to over-ride the exposure that the camera automatically selects (important for expressive impact). Topics also covered in this session are: file formats; natural light; exposure; depth of field; ISO and white balance.

What we will shoot: This session normally takes place in Kensington Market. We will photograph market stands, people, alleyways, cultural artifacts, and street scenes.

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Lesson 02 Shutter

*photo by Easy Camera Art student, Andrea Leung

We will be shooting in “Shutter Priority,” a semi-automatic mode that let’s you focus on blurring or freezing moving subjects. You will be shown you how to override the exposure selected by the camera (important for expressive impact). Topics also covered in this session are: available light; exposure; blurring and freezing motion; ISO and white balance.

What we will shoot: This session normally takes place outside Honest Eds. As their lights are not always on and they are soon to be closing, new shooting locales will be City Hall or Yonge/Dundas Square. We will photograph city lights at night, and lights from vehicles and streetcars whizzing by! We will have a short experiment in painting with light. If the workshop takes place when there is longer daylight hours, we will also photograph the short window of time when the sky is rich velvety blue called “the blue hour.” 

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Lesson 03 Manual

*photo by Easy Camera Art Instructor, Teresa Ascencao (taken at “This is Not a Work Party” at the Design Exchange)

By this time, you will have learned how aperture and shutter control exposure and the unique effects each offers. In this lesson you will learn to shoot in fully Manual mode, whereby you set both the Aperture and Shutter manually. You will not only be controlling the exposure, but also various desired depth of field and motion effects. In some instances you will want to have a shallow depth of field (blurry background) to isolate your subject in sharp focus, and in other instances you will want to freeze or blur motion. Topics also covered in this meet up are: available light, exposure, shallow and great depth of field, blurring and freezing motion, ISO, White balance and composition.

What we will shoot: This session takes place at Harbourfront Centre. We will photograph a variety of subjects, such as people, food, boats, wildlife, and water reflections. Occasionally, this last lesson occurs at a special event, offing students real-world experience in event photography. Some past events photographed include the Corin Raymond Band at the Cameron House and This is Not a Work Party at the Design Exchange.

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3 Essential PhotoShop Lessons

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Lesson 01 Correcting

In this lesson you will learn about file formats, editing RAW files, and important editing techniques using PhotoShop. We will start by adjusting the exposure, contrast and white balance of a RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw.  The file will then be opened in PhotoShop, where you will learn about PhotoShop’s workspace and tools, including burning and dodging to create drama in landscapes and to fix shadows in portraits; cropping and tilting an image; and saving your work in JPEG format.

Lesson 02 Enhancing

In this lesson, you will learn to retouch images and create lighting effects using PhotoShop. Techniques covered include: removing imperfections with the healing brush; selection tools; removing distracting objects with the clone stamp; modifying light and colour in a specific area; improving the sky with a graduation filter; and adding light source effects.

Lesson 03 Collaging

In this final lesson, you will learn to use multiple layers to create a collage, and save your work-in-progress in PSD format. The lesson will include simple compositing techniques such as: working with layers; masks; and adjustment layers. In preparation for printing, you will learn to: flatten; resize; sharpen; and save your file in JPEG or TIFF format.

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Bring

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What To Bring for Camera lessons

• DSLR camera

• fully charged battery

• cleared memory card (preferably reformatted)

• tripod for the second and third lessons

• a telephoto lens is beneficial for the third lesson, but not necessary

• backpack to free your hands

• light comfortable clothing so that you can easily move around in

• protection for your camera, should it rain (workshops go ahead rain or shine ~ various weather offers wonderful lighting and mood opportunities) 

What To Bring for PhotoShop lessons

• laptop and power cable

• AdobePhotoShop (any version) installed on your laptop

• Adobe Camera Raw software is not required, but if you have it that’s great!

• portable drive (or large capacity USB stick) with 10 images you photographed

 

Important: The Each lesson contains critical information and starts sharply at the times indicated. Anyone arriving late will have to follow along and will be brought up to date once students begin working.

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Registration

Each lesson is $50, taxes included ($150 total for a 3-lesson package). Classes are small, so guaranteed your spot by making your payment with e-transfer (Interac) to Teresa Ascencao at info@EasyCameraArt.com. Upon payment, you will be promptly emailed a receipt. You can also pay at the door if there is still room. When paying at the door, please arrive 15 minutes early to process your payment.

Should there be a cancellation by the Instructor, full refunds are processed promptly (within 24 hours). If you have questions about registration, or would like further information about the learning experience, please call the Instructor Teresa Ascencao at 647-521-2353.

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Easy Camera Art is for people who are exploring creativity, learning photography, or buildng their portfolio. Engage in the techniques and art of photography in ways that are fun and easy to understand. 

Easy Camera Art (licence #230989287) is a registered Ontario business.