After a year hiatus I'm excited to be teaching the foundations of digital photography again! I love helping people realize their vision and capabilities and help them understand how to use their cameras to achieve those goals. Many people buy a fancy camera and think because they paid a couple hundred or even a couple thousand dollars for their cameras that when the take them out of the box and flip them on they are going to be hit the ground taking great photos. Often that is not the case. Often in these situations people get discouraged, stop using the camera and start feeling bad about spending the money on it and often about themselves for not being able to take the pictures they had hoped. I can change that for you in a day with my new Photo101 with Danyel Duncan. I will be offering a once monthly class at Agitator Gallery located at 1112 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622. Check out their website and many other cool class offerings and gallery exhibits at http://www.agitatorgallery.com.
My Next Class will be April 18th 2020 10am to 5pm Get your tickets here:
Ever wonder how to take star trails?? I will cover this in Photo101 with Danyel Duncan on April 18th.
I took this image in Iron River Wisconsin. Which lies directly under Polaris the North Star located in the center of the images. Star trails depend on many elements. For instance in the City of Chicago, you are more likely to be shooting plane trails instead of star trails because of the light pollution. Location plays a big factor. You ability to leave your shutter open for long periods of time and manual set your camera settings. If you can't get out of town to a place with lower light pollution then you can shoot plane trails, or some cool long exposures with busses and trains. Or my favorite the Sunrise.
This is a 2.5 second exposure of sunrise over Lake Michigan from Pratt Beach in Rogers Park. With the camera on a tripod after clicking the shutter I panned the camera slowly. Which is how I create what I call my Sunrise Pans.
Maybe you want to learn out to blur out the background of your images so your subject is stronger like in the images below. This is called depth of field. I will be covering this in class also. It's all about the Aperature.
Here are a few videos of Mini Classes I have created to help my students prepare for class so they are ahead of the game and can maximize learning or for students who maybe got busy and could keep up with practicing and need a few refreshers on the basics. These videos can also be found on my website under the Photo Philosopher Tab.
5 minute mini class on Shutter Speed below.
Mini class on Aperture below.
Looking forward to seeing you in Class on April 18th 2020.