Have you ever wondered what the T, S, A, or M modes on your camera are? Have you been reluctant to try them because you’re not sure how they work? Do you want to improve your overall photography chops and show off your great pictures to friends and family? If you answered Yes to any of those questions, this course over 5 Saturdays is for you!
Learning Objectives: To build knowledge gradually in a way that doesn’t overwhelm. To give people new skills to take their photography to a higher level than they have in the past by introducing basic photography concepts such as metering and composition. To help them be more creative in their photography, to improve their overall photography skills and knowledge. To do all of this in a non-judgmental, encouraging environment keeping in mind that photography should be fun first.
Locations for field work will be determined prior to the course starting. St. Andrews has many locations that would be suitable for field outings.
Week 1 – Introduction
What do you hope to achieve? What do you want to learn from this course? Into to photography basics; Introduction to light metering and composition. Some time in the field starting to put concepts into practice.
Week 2 – Field Work
Putting composition techniques from Week 1 to use – out taking pictures, then in classroom reviewing on screen.
Week 3 – RAW, or JPEG
Examples of RAW and JPEG images will be used to show the differences and what can be done with RAW that can’t be done with JPEG
Week 4 – Field Work
Shooting in both RAW and JPEG in field, then in class reviewing on screen with instructor editing.
Week 5 – Introduction to editing applications
- Free and paid applications will be explained with demonstration of basic editing tools. Students will edit some of their own photos and the class will end showing some edited photos on screen.
All students will receive a copy of Robert’s eBook The Ultimate (OK, No Not Really) Guide to Mobile Photography
Robert Fisher is a commercial and artistic photographer with more than 20 years of experience. He is also an author and documentary filmmaker. His client work is primarily architecture and infrastructure. His personal work has been primarily street photography. In 2019/20 he completed a year-long trek around Canada working on photography and documentary film projects.
Robert’s love of photography began when he saw the impressionistic work of Freeman Patterson. The style captivated his imagination and served as his red pill for the jump down the photography rabbit hole.
He has been fortunate to have three books on photography published through well-known photography publishing houses and in 2020 released his first self-published eBook.
He has won awards for his photography and filmmaking and his clients have used his photos to win awards in their industries. He has written for several publications and has travelled as far as the Czech Republic on assignment.
Robert holds an Honours Bachelor of Administration degree from Brock University. Outside of photography, he is an enthusiastic amateur chef and gardener. He is the owner of an adopted dog named Lincoln which accompanied him on his cross-Canada tour. He affectionately refers to his dogs as The Idiots and Lincoln is Idiot IV.