How to Take Better Photos of Your Everyday Life
This class is for beginner and hobby photographers to learn how to take great photos of their daily lives, especially of the people they love.
Due to physical distancing concerns, I think it may be a while before we’re able to gather in person again. I do have a new online course that contains all of the technical/camera-related parts of my in-person workshop and you can also add-on a follow-up private lesson.
You can also check out my education site Document Your Day-to-Day to get a free ebook on how to photograph the people you love, join our weekly photography challenge, and access other resources on how to improve your photography. I also have a Facebook group where you can ask questions and share your photos.
Click here to subscribe to my workshop mailing list to be notified of future workshops. You can also see how you can book a private lesson. Private lessons are currently taking place online or in an outdoor location with physical distancing.
Who is this for?
This workshop is aimed at people who have a DSLR (or advanced compact camera) but haven’t gotten around to learning to use it in manual mode (or for more tricky situations). It will introduce you to the basics of photography and help you take better photos of daily life. Even more experienced amateur photographers can learn something new about taking control of their camera or seeing things in a new way.
Note: This workshop will be limited to 20 participants to allow for student questions and personal attention. I’ll have a professional photographer assistant to help answer questions about your individual cameras.
What You’ll Learn
The Technical Side
- Lens selection and what different focal lengths do
- How to get around the limitations of your camera and when you should upgrade
- What the different shooting modes do (auto, manual, aperture priority, etc.)
- RAW vs. jpeg
- How to shoot in full manual mode using your light meter and LCD to determine the best exposure
- What ISO, shutter speed, and aperture actually do and how to use them to affect sharpness, blur, sense of motion, and quality – here’s an example of some of the things you’ll learn: how to get a blurry background in your photos
- How to focus for super sharp images
- How to set white balance and how to interpret and use different colours of light
The Creative Side
- How to read and use natural and indoor light
- Composition rules and how to break them
- Where to position your camera in relation to your subject and light source
- Using details and the environment to tell a story
- How to get great candid photos of people
What to Bring
- A DSLR or mirrorless/compact camera that can shoot in manual mode
- Memory cards and a fully charged battery
- Your camera manual
- Something for taking notes
What is the deadline for signing up?
Registration will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis and payment is due at the time of registration. Most workshops fill up 1-3 weeks prior to the workshop date. Refunds are offered up to a week before the workshop.
Cost and How to Sign Up
The price is $120 including GST.