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Individual instruction covering everything you need to know about your new digital camera and how to take exceptional photos. $50 per hour.

SESSION ONE Selecting, Purchasing and Configuring the Best Gear for Your Needs (1 - 2 hours)
  • Please read the "Camera Recommendations" posting to get an idea of the detail that will be covered in this and other topics.
  • In addition to selecting and purchasing the camera body and lenses other items will be needed to complete the kit, such as bags, sensor cleaning tools, flashes, diffusers, batteries, etc. Luckily, these items don't add up to much in the way of cost, however, they have a big impact on your experience as a photographer.
  • Selecting the right computer equipment will make a huge difference in how much time you spend downloading, backing up and working with the large files that modern DSLRs produce. Topics include selecting the right capacity memory cards, getting the best downloading hardware, dealing with storage/backup hard drives and selecting the best sorting/editing software.
  • Obtaining color accuracy is a critical component to digital photography. Selecting the right monitor and color calibration system will ensure that photos posted online or printed will look as you intended.
  • We will set up and configure the camera to your shooting style, including the following: Custom Functions, User Custom Menus, Copyright settings, LiveView, Movie mode, auto ISO, extra batteries, Histogram, and making camera modifications for JPEG verses RAW file formats. Please read the AF Micro-Adjustment posting to get an idea of the detail and assistance that I can provide with setting up your new gear to make sure you get the maximum quality it can provide.
  • Setting up a single flash, master/slave flashes and remote flashes.
  • This might sound silly but learning how to carry, hold and activate all the features on your equipment is a big deal and so shall be reviewed.

SESSION TWO Best Use of Gear (1 - 2 hours)
  • When and how to use each of the main camera functions (with and without flash): Auto, Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Bulb
  • Determining the best aperture for depth-of-field, optical performance and low-light photography
  • Depth-of-field control through aperture, distance to subject and focal length.
  • Determining the best shutter speed for action freezing, motion blur and removal of camera shake depending on attached lens (focal lens and IS capabilities).
  • Focus lock, using different AF drive modes and manually selecting focus points
  • Proper exposure for different lighting conditions, using exposure lock and different metering settings
  • Exposure compensation, bracketing and shooting for HDR or blending techniques
  • Color settings
  • Learning to read the histogram and highlight clipping, plus making adjustments to camera parameters when shooting JPEG and when shooting RAW
  • Auto sensor cleaning and manual cleaning (dry and wet)
  • Tripod usage for maximum depth-of-field, low-light, multiple HDR exposures and time lapse
  • Capturing video
  • Flashes

SESSION THREE Photography in the Field (1 hour for each subject type)
We will travel to the ideal location for practicing proper techniques for the following subjects:
  • Portraits (model provided for an additional fee)
  • Street Photography
  • Night photography
  • Architecture
  • Landscape
  • Waterfalls
  • Macro

SESSION FOUR Downloading, Storing, Organizing and Processing digital files (1 - 2 hours)
Photos taken during field shoots or other client selected photos will be used to go through each of the following steps:
  • Best and fastest way to download photos
  • Naming and categorizing photos (meta data)
  • Backing up photos
  • Original photos (JPEG or RAW) and processed photos (JPEG and TIFFs)
  • Basic photo development parameters
  • More advanced RAW development
  • Advanced Photoshop tools
  • Panoramas
  • HDR
  • Two blended photos (highlight and shadows)
  • Layer masks
  • 16 and 8-bit formats
  • Monitor color calibration (device provided)
  • Printing