This comprehensive online class runs in two parts according to the following schedule: Two consecutive Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (February 17th and 24th, respectively), and is limited to 8 students. The workshop is designed and taught by photographer Dave Strauss, and will improve your understanding and creative application of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Please Note: A Zoom meeting invitation link will be sent to your email the day before your class.
In most commonly used modes, your camera makes decisions for you by selecting values for aperture, shutter speed, and/or ISO based on algorithms that may or may not comport with your creative intentions. This two part online workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced photographers who want to venture beyond the automatic modes in order to expand creative options and improve photographs. Since you’ll be learning how to tackle many challenging situations by controlling aperture and shutter speed, you’ll need a DSLR, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, or medium format camera for the workshop. (Note: Point & Shoot cameras are not well suited to this class.)
Dave will take you on an exploration of the fundamentals - including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focus/depth-of-field - through lecture, slide presentation, demonstrations, and camera-in-hand exercises. At the end of Session 1, you’ll get "homework" shooting assignments that will help you learn and internalize techniques covered in the session.
PREREQUISITES: Please be sure you are familiar with your camera’s basic controls and functions. You’ll be asked to set shooting mode (usually Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual) and you should know how to set aperture, shutter speed, and ISO values.
ZOOM CONSIDERATIONS: For this online course, we’ll be meeting up from the comfort of our own homes using the Zoom video meeting application. Desktop or laptop computers with big screens work best. Even better, link your computer to your TV for the largest image possible. Using a tablet, iPad, or (horrors!) a cell phone will be frustrating. We’ll have a short Zoom check-in 15 minutes before the first class session to resolve any questions or problems with participants’ Zoom connections. This will help us get started with the class efficiently, so we can jump right into the learning (as opposed to troubleshooting!).