All-Day Photography Workshops
The all-day workshops are meant to provide photographers of all levels a foundational understanding of digital photography. See below for class descriptions and dates.
Pricing & Details: $149 includes lunch
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Next Level: Part 2 (Computer Editing)
Sept. 16, 2017 (Saturday) - 9:00am-4:30pm Springhill Suites - Ballantyne
This workshop will expand both your shooting skills and help you get the
most out of your computer image processing.
In this workshop you will learn:
· Advanced camera techniques for consistent exposure and color
· How the new features on today’s latest cameras can make your photography
better and easier
· All about RAW shooting and post-processing RAW images
· Retouching skills on the computer
· Intermediate color and exposure correction techniques for image processing
· Working in layers
· Noise reduction, sharpening, B/W conversion and general workflow tricks
· Learn how to think like a professional when needing to make decisions on the spot.
Courtyard Marriott, Huntersville
August 12, 2017
Sept. 16, 2017
Courtyard Marriott - Concord Mills
Oct. 14, 2017
Next Level: Part 1 (Computer Editing)
Sept. 9, 2017 (Saturday) - 9:00am-4:30pm Courtyard Marriott Huntersville
This workshop is designed to give photographers a complete understanding of digital photography beyond the basics. It is a hands-on workshop so bring your camera. The morning session will cover the capturing of images correctly on a DSLR. The afternoon session will be image editing on the computer. You are encouraged to bring a laptop computer so you can work along with us. However, we will also have the images on a projection screen so that you can see each step involved.
In this workshop you will learn:
· How to capture better digital exposures including lighting techniques and really understanding the histogram
· How to control white balance (color)
· The differences between RAW and JPEG file formats
· Why consistency is so important
· How to use an image editing software to obtain the best image adjustment in the least period of time
· How to best sharpen your images
· To develop your own workflow
DSLR Boot Camp
This Saturday all-day workshop is one of our most popular classes. It combines the
exact content of the Basic & Intermediate DSLR photography classes in one day with
lunch and actual photography practice times. Be sure to bring your cameras!
Basic DSLR in the Morning Session -
Whether you have a brand new digital SLR or have had one for a while, this class will help you learn the controls that are common to all brands of these popular cameras. You will also learn more about general photography as it applies to exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO), the various modes on the camera, flash use, composition, etc. We will have students do some hands-on exercises in class so that all of the concepts become familiar to everyone. This class is a great starting place for most people from beginners to those with some experience.
Intermediate DSLR in the Afternoon -
Intermediate DSLR is the companion class to Basic DSLR. We will review the basics and then explore how to get the most out of your DSLR camera in regards to the focusing options as well as how to judge and get the correct exposure in all of your images using the histogram. We will also cover lenses, flashes, and other important accessories that you might want to plan for your camera system.
Next Level: Part 3
Aug 19, 2017 (Saturday) - 9:00am-4:30pm Springhill Suites - Ballantyne
In DSLR Boot Camp, we took photographers of all levels and gave them a solid foundation with their cameras. In this workshop, Next Level: Part 3, we will help you to understand more of your camera’s functions and provide exercises for you to really know how to create the images you want, based on applying the techniques you learn. This class is meant to be taken after DSLR Boot Camp and Next Level: Part 1 have been completed.
Morning Session -
Now that you are out of Green Mode and becoming more familiar with your camera, we will explore camera functions we have not mentioned like: bracketing, flash compensation, RAW, metering modes, advanced focusing systems and more. Before lunch, we will have hands-on exercises that will help you to use these functions and practice them. Of course we will review the basics as well but Next Level: Part 3 is designed primarily for those who have taken our Boot Camp 1 or the Basic and Intermediate DSLR classes.
Afternoon Session -
After lunch, we will talk in more detail about camera equipment we have not covered like tripods, traveling with your gear and more. We will also discuss the perspective created with various focal length lenses. Remember the Killer Checklist? We will help you to fill these settings out for common situations like portraits, sports, landscapes, flash pictures, etc. Finally, we will end the afternoon with another hands-on time where you will be able to shoot different compositions, focusing drills, fill flash exercise and practice changing your exposure compensation.
Spring Hill Suites, Ballantyne
August 26, 2017
Sept. 23, 2017
Oct. 21, 2017
Intermediate Studio Portraiture Hands-on Workshop
March 18, 2017 (Saturday) - 9:00am-3:00pm Portrait Studio, Matthews
Cost: $200 (limited to 8 participants) - Class is FULL
This new class is limited to only 8 participants to provide a hands-on opportunity to interact and photograph our two models for the entire morning session of the workshop. This will allow a great practice time for everybody to work on posing and lighting in the studio. Lunch will be provided and then we will spend a couple hours in the afternoon culling and editing our images to provide a complete workflow experience from beginning to end.
The class will be held at our studio in Matthews and take place from 9am-3pm. Lunch is provided. It is suggested that participants have already attended our Outdoor or Studio Portrait class.
Adobe Lightroom Workshop
July 22, 2017 (Saturday) - 9:00am-4:30pm Springhill Suites - Ballantyne
This hands-on class will be a great introduction and chance to get into the proper and efficient use of Adobe’s Lightroom software. We will walk you through the 7 modules that make up this package and how to create a basic editing workflow. Many other tools and features will be covered like the gradient tool, adjustment brush, presets, collections, using a vignette and more. Because this is an all-day class, there will be plenty of instruction on all the components of this software but also time to practice what you are learning. Sample images will be provided on a USB drive for use in the class and participants are encouraged to bring their laptop computers. It is recommended that participants have taken Next Level: Part 1 to get familiar with photo editing concepts and workflow before attending this class.