Intermediate Photography Workshop
Take the next step and expand your world of photography
This is a two day workshop for those comfortable with the basics of Digital SLR photography. While not required, completion of “Crash Course in Digital Photography” is highly recommended. This fast paced class hits the most important factors for elevating your hobby to an art.
Day One includes lectures on exposure, focus, and composition. The class then heads out for a shooting field trip with in-the-field demonstrations and assignments.
Day Two starts in the field at a new location were students will continue with demonstrations, assignments and a bit of free time to focus on their own interests.
Locations for shooting vary according to class location and weather. Toward the end of day two students reconvene at the classroom to download then share images and lessons learned in a student slide show.
Highlights of the Intermediate Photography Workshop
Exposure Lecture - Meters, ISOs, histograms and getting the right exposure.Focus Lecture - Necessary steps to achieve the best possible focus.
Composition Lecture- Ideas, concepts and practical tips for a more pleasing photo.
Shooting Field Trip - Real field work with hands-on lessons.
Student Slide Show - Slideshow of the students favorite work from the weekend.This is a great opportunity to see how other photographers see the same world you see as well as getting some final tips on how to create the best possible photos.
What to expect...
All lectures are designed for the visual learner with lots of graphics and photographic examples. Students will be supplied with a 12-page outline with example photos and graphics from the live talk.
Field trips are to nearby destinations, often parks or other public areas. Sites are chosen by the instructor for their photographic opportunity and their access. The field sessions are primarily designed to learn and practice techniques necessary to a wide variety of applications. Moderate walking distance can be expected with some options for more energetic students.
To get the most out of this class it is recommended that students have a digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) camera. Students with film cameras or compact point-and-shoot digital are welcome but may not be able to take advantage of all the lessons.
No special lenses are required but it is helpful to have a lens or two than has a range of moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto. Most students bring and use 1-3 lenses.
We will be using a tripod for a number of assignments so bring one if you have one. If you don’t own one you may inquire about renting or borrowing one for the class.
For image review and downloading a laptop is helpful, but not necessary. Students will be given about 1-hour to download and review images, and this is most easily done on one’s own computer. For those without a laptop, they will need to review images on their cameras LCD screen and mark down file numbers of images to be submitted to the student slide show. The instructor with then use his computer to download the images for the students. It's very acceptable for students to attend this class without a computer.
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Crash Course in Digital Photography is available at two locations in Seattle.
9:00 - 9:45 am - Welcome & Basics Review
9:45 - 10:45 am - Lecture: Exposure Management
10:45 - 11:00 am - Break
11:00 - 12:30 pm - Lecture: Focus Strategy
12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch on your own
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Lecture: Aesthetics
2:30 - 5:00 pm - Shooting Field Trip (class will end at field trip location)
9:00 - 12:00 pm - Shooting Field Trip (class will meet at field trip location)
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch on your own and relocate back to classroom
1:30 - 2:00 pm - Lightroom Introduction
2:00 - 3:30 pm - Image Editing with Lightroom Demonstrations
3:30 - 5:00 pm - Student Slide show
* The class schedule may be modified according to weather conditions.
12- Page Color Outline
Every student receives a 12-page color outline with dozens of illustrations and diagrams, the same ones that are in the on-screen presentations.
A message from John
You’ve taken the first step and now you want more, right?
Intermediate Photography Workshop is the follow-up class to Crash Course in Digital Photography. If you haven’t taken Crash Course, I’d strongly recommend it. Take a look at Crash Course in Digital Photography here.
The concept of this workshop is to reinforce the fundamentals that were taught in the first class and practice them in the field. I will also introduce a number of new concepts and ideas to further hone the photographic process.
I’ve changed the format of this class since it’s inception. I’ve learned that people want more time shooting with more hands on instruction. Because of this helpful feedback from previous students, this class now as two field shooting sessions.
When out in the field, typically at a nearby park, we will put to practice the same fundamentals that were taught in class. Students will also have free time to pursue their own creative eye.
This class is a lot of fun and the weekend flies by.
Warning! This is a Intermediate level workshop. Students are expect to know the basics of their particular camera system. We will be working with our cameras in a manual mode so students should be able to quickly change their ISO’s, shutter speeds and apertures.
Excellent class, wonderful blend of instruction, fieldwork, tools, tips and techniques.
“This class is excellent!” - Aurora
Dear John: YOU are a terrifically wonderful teacher and easy to follow and take instruction from! OUR compliments on a job well done! It is a pleasure to learn from you and your experience.
Your visuals were all excellent. Very good use of time.
Outstanding class in general. A lot sunk in and presentation paced well.
This class really helped me understand the camera settings and how they affect my photos. Thanks!
John is very knowledgeable and dedicated to this subject and obviously put a lot of effort into making this a worthwhile and valuable class for me. I’d like to spend some more time shooting in the field with him.
Excellent Class!! John covered a wide range of topics in a manner which was easy to follow and understand. Great beginner’s course. Thank you.
I've been meaning to drop a note to say your Intermediate Photography Workshop was outstanding. I have been working on one skill at a time. My bible has become Pg3 of your handout where I quoted you as saying 'If you can do these 5 you can do anything in photography'. I carry that page in my bag, it's pretty tattered (can you email a replacement/PDF sometime?)
Thank you! This was everything I was hoping to get for starting out, and a great way to get going!
John is a fantastic teacher who brings incredible knowledge and experience to his profession and craft. He has probably forgotten more than my classmates and I have remembered.
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