Syllabus Intro Course Outline

 

Tuesday, 3 August

Lesson 1 – Introduction, Camera controls and functions, Basic techniques

Overview of course content and objectives. Understanding camera controls and functions; focusing with your AF system, shutter speed, and aperture. Basic techniques for improving your photographs by using all of your camera’s capabilities.

Bring your camera with a charged battery and sufficient memory to make at least thirty photographs. If you have a printed manual, please also bring that to the workshop.

 

Sunday, 8 August

Workshop 1 – Review of fundamental concepts

Practical session commencing at 9.30 a.m. at the Melbourne Camera Club.

Building on concepts presented during Lesson 1, we will examine exposure – how different settings can impact your image, and other camera settings that you need to know.

Bring your camera with a charged battery and sufficient memory to make at least thirty photographs. If you have a printed manual, please also bring that to the workshop.

 

Tuesday, 10 August

Lesson 2 – Composition

What makes a good photograph? Why are some images more appealing than others? Understanding the elements of composition. Knowing the rules and when to break them. Examples of work by some of the world’s most famous photographers.

 

Sunday, 15 August

Workshop 2- General outdoor photography

Practical session commencing at 9.30 a.m. Location to be confirmed. Photographing people and other typical subjects in an outdoor setting. Techniques for making best use of available light.

Bring your camera with a charged battery and sufficient memory to make at least thirty photographs.

 

Tuesday, 17 August

Lesson 3 – Light and Lighting

Understanding different types of light. Natural and artificial light.

Brightness, colour, direction and contrast. Direct vs diffused lighting. Quantity vs quality. Using flash for additional light; indoors and outdoors. On camera flash – tips and traps

 

Tuesday, 24 August

Lesson 4 – Photographing people

Theory and practice of photographing people, the world’s most popular subject. Communication between photographer and subject. The importance of developing rapport. Selecting appropriate equipment for portrait photography.

 

Sunday, 29 August

Workshop 3 – Composition and Outdoor portraits

Practical session commencing at 9.30 a.m. Location to be confirmed. Exercises in visual awareness to illustrate the importance of lighting and composition. Demonstration of environmental portraiture – photographing people and their surroundings.

Bring your camera with a charged battery and sufficient memory to make at least thirty photographs.

 

Tuesday, 31 August

Lesson 5 – A look at different photographic genres

Four different genres of photography will be presented – Landscape, Nature, Action and Street photography. Open discussion of equipment, techniques, personal preferences and practical experiences. Experienced photographers describe how they approach some challenging situations.

 

 

Tuesday, 7 September

Lesson 6a – Image Quality, Should you shoot Raw or jpg?

A discussion on the pros and cons of shooting your images as Raw or jpg format.

Lesson 6b – Image Review

Display of participant’s photographs. Review of course content and objectives. Questions and answers. Conclusion.

 

All lessons are held at the MCC clubrooms on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm.

Workshops are held at locations to be advised on Sunday mornings from 9.30am until midday.

Parking near The Melbourne Camera Club

Our clubrooms are located in a residential area with minimal off-street parking.

Please do not park in front of residents’ homes in Dorcas Street, west of Ferrars Street.

 There is ample free parking in Ferrars Street, and in Dorcas Street, east of Ferrars Street. Note some parking restrictions also apply on Sundays.

For further information please email the Introductory Course Coordinator.