Simon Bond Photography

Your scene, your shot

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This course is aimed at people who are new to photography, and who wish to explore the great potential that a dSLR camera has. You’ll be given both theory and practice over the course of the 2 days, and once finished you should have a far better grasp of what your camera is capable of.

What will I learn?

This course will teach you how to use the camera in its manual settings, freeing your creativity and allowing you much more control over the photos you take.

  1. 1.Learn what the different setting on your mode dial, what Av, Tv, Bulb and Manual actually mean.

  2. 2.Become familiar with the terms “aperture”, “shutter speed”, “ISO”, and “Exposure value”. Then see how they relate to each other.

  3. 3.Learn about how to use “depth of field” in photography to improve your portraits, and how shutter speed might dramatically change how a landscape scene looks when photographed.

  4. 4.Find out about white balance and why this is important, learn why photographers like the golden hour.

  5. 5.Learn the principals of composition, the use of leading lines, and how patterns can be used in photography.

  6. 6.Find out what the difference between a prime lens and a telephoto is, and how different lenses can change the types of photos you take.

  7. 7.Find out about how to select the area to focus on in your frame, and avoiding back-focus.

  8. 8.Learn to appreciate the way light can effect a scene, and how to make best use of this.

What equipment should I bring?

You’ll need to bring a few items with you to this course, there is nothing overly specialised though.

  1. 1.A dSLR camera or a hybrid dSLR that allows you to control aperture and shutter speed.

  2. 2.Any additional camera equipment you have such as lenses, tripods or flashguns.

  3. 3.A spare battery for your camera, you’ll be miserable if yours runs out.

  4. 4.A pen and a notebook, the best way to get the most out of the day is to note down important information.

  5. 5.A coat for you, and a plastic bag to cover your camera. Yes if it’s raining we’re still going out, though if the rain is torrential I’ll use my discretion.

How much does this cost?

The cost of this course is £60, and needs to be paid in full prior to participation on this course. You’ll need to check the schedule to see when this course is available, and in which area. Once you have made your decision to book this course you can do so by contacting me. Please note that the course will be limited to 8 people.

Where will the course take place?

Information to come