You can learn about becoming a better photographer from books, or by searching the internet, but nothing compares with working hands-on with an experienced professional photographer.
During your time with us you will learn (or revise) the basic principles of photography to ensure that you understand fully how your camera works. You will learn too the techniques required for shooting digital photographs successfully. You will also be encouraged to think and see creatively, with particular emphasis on composition, light, shape, colour and form. Finally, you will learn the importance of 'post-processing' your images on your computer and how to do this properly, using simple techniques.
In short, having understood fully how to control your camera, you will learn how to make it do what you want in order to become a creative artist (and so dramatically increase the percentage of photographs you take that you'll want to keep!)
And you'll have a lot of fun doing it too! An example day by day schedule can be found here
If you're interested in one of our Advanced Weeks then of course we'll assume that you know how your camera works!
A general list of topics covered is given below. However, because we deal with each guest as an individual, topics actually discussed with you will depend on your own level of knowledge, on your equipment, and on our schedule (which, in turn, will be governed by time, weather and local events). Having said that, you are encouraged to ask whatever questions you want at any time on any photographic subject....
Action and Movement Angle of view Animals Aperture Architecture Aspect Auto-focus Automation Auto-ISO and its value in certain circumstances Batteries Black and White Blur Bokeh Bracketing Camera shake Children Colour Colour Balance Composition Contrast Converging Verticals Depth of Field Differential focus Diffraction Digital Crop Factor Digital sensors (does size really matter?) Dynamic Range Editing (video) Exposure & Exposure Values Eye/Brain v. Camera Field of View Film Filters Flash Focal length Focal point Focus point 'Golden Hours' Grain v Noise HDR Highlight detail (is it important?) High Key Histograms
Hyperfocal distance Image stacking Intervalometer ISO (the 'increase in sensitivity' fallacy) JPEG v RAW Landscape LCD monitors Light Looking for the Unseen Low Key Macro Manual operation Metering Monitor calibration Night photography Noise v Grain Panning Painting with light Perspective Point of Interest Portraits Post-Processing Pre-focus Printing RAW Reportage/Documentary Saturation Scene/clip length (video) Shadow detail (is it important?) Shape and Form Shutter Specular Highlights Timelapse Tones and Tonal Range Townscapes Tripods and other supports Viewfinders Vignetting Water White Balance Wildlife Zooming