|Lesson 1||18th July||Introduction & what is a camera?|
|Lesson 2||21st July||Different Types of Lenses|
|Lesson 3||25th July||Framing your Photograph|
|Lesson 4||28th July||Exposure Values – Aperture|
|Lesson 5||1st August||Exposure Values – Shutter Speed + ISO|
|Lesson 6||4th August||Practical Session|
|Lesson 7||8th August||White Balance|
|Lesson 8||11th August||Understanding Light|
|Lesson 9||22nd August||Practical Session|
|Lesson 10||25th August||Tutorial + Work Review|
On completion of this course the student will be able to:
Demonstrate a good understanding of the parts, functions, and safe use of photography equipment, such as a camera and various lenses.
Understand the principles of achieving a well-exposed photograph through the use of aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings, as well as the ability to create a series of still life photographs.
Demonstrate a good understanding and ability to compose subject elements by following established composition guidelines and other formal elements.
Understand the basic concepts of light as well as demonstrate the ability to capture a set of photographs depicting diverse subject elements while incorporating light to enhance the aesthetic.
Compile and review the best photographs taken throughout the course.
Lessons will be held at the club, 137, Old Bakery Street, Valletta every Monday and Thursday between 9:00 and 10:30 and the course is planned to start on 18th July 2022. To maximize the ability to learn, the maximum number of students for this course is 15. Social distancing will be maintained. The Malta Photographic Society reserves the right to shift any planned lessons from one date to another if the tutor reports sick, is unfortunately confined in quarantine, or for other personal justified reasons. In such a situation, the lesson will be postponed to another date as agreed by the MPS Course Co-Ordinator and the tutor.
Lesson 01. Introduction & What is a camera?
What is a digital camera? Basic explanation of a DSLR system. What are the different parts found in a digital SLR and their use? On and Off button, shutter release, viewfinder, monitor, flash hot shoe, pop-up flash, lens mount, battery chamber, memory card slot, command dial, lens release button, lens mount index, tripod mount, playback button.
Lesson 02. Different Types of Lenses
Different parts of a lens. Difference between a Prime and a Zoom lens. Focal Length or Focal Range. Properly attaching a lens to a camera. Uses of different lenses.
Lesson 03. Framing your Photograph
Image Format (Landscape, Portrait or Square). Composition Rules: The Rule of Thirds; The Golden Ratio; Different camera angles (Eye Level, Low Angle, Worm’s Eye View, High Angle, Birds Eye View; Formal Elements; Symmetry; Balancing Elements; Leading Lines; Framing; Headroom and Looking Space.
Lesson 04. Exposure Values – Aperture
What is Aperture and what is it responsible for? What is Depth of Field? Different Aperture values – Different outcomes. Using different aperture values for different outcomes.
Lesson 05. Exposure Values – Shutter Speed + ISO
What is Shutter Speed and what is it responsible for? Different use of fast vs slow shutter speed. Practice shutter speed and different outcomes. Fast shutter speed freezing movement. Slow shutter speed capturing motion (Light painting practical). What is ISO and what is it responsible for? Sensor sensitivity vs noise
Lesson 06. Practical Session
This lesson will be held outdoors where students will be split into groups and practice exposure settings. Students will be asked to use manual exposure and they will need to capture a set of well-exposed images to a given brief.
At the beginning of the lesson, students will be given 10 minutes to complete a task. Students will be split into groups. On a blank piece of paper, students will be asked to divide the sheet into 9 smaller boxes. In each box, students will be asked to draw any shape they like. After completing this task, in their respective groups, students will need to take outdoor photographs replicating the shapes drawn on the piece of paper.
Lesson 07. White Balance
What is White Balance and how do we set it? Different Pre-sets: Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, shade, direct sunlight or flash.
Lesson 08. Understanding Light
Difference between Artificial and Natural Light. The direction of light according to the time of day (Natural Light). Quality of light – Direct vs diffused light. Using Natural Light with Light modifiers (e.g. Reflector). What is a reflector and how to use it?
Lesson 09. Practical Session
This lesson will be held outdoors where students will be asked to take manually exposed images of the surrounding objects and also follow established framing guidelines. For the second part of the practical session, students will be asked to concentrate more on lighting principles. The task for the second part of this practice will be a portrait session where students need to photograph aesthetically pleasing shots following lighting principles and modifying light with a reflector if needs be.
Lesson 10. Tutorial + Work Review
For their last lesson, students will be able to select their preferred photographs and present their work to the class. This will also allow them to present any difficulties they might have encountered during the previous lessons. While students are presenting work, room for creative and critical feedback may be discussed.
After each lesson, students will be encouraged to revise or practice anything covered in class. Any photos taken outside of the session need to be renamed as ‘Surname_Name_Title’ and sent to the tutor (example: Borg_John_church)
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however if available, bring your own digital camera with you.
Avantech, who are the official distributors and service agents for Canon.
St Julians Road, San Ġwann, Malta
Tel: +356 2148 8800
Applications must be accompanied with the relevant fee. Please make cheques payable to: Malta Photographic Society. One may also pay by direct bank transfer into the Malta Photographic Society BoV savings account, IBAN: MT84 VALL22013000 000040025323065. One can also apply on line by visiting our website. If you prefer to pay by cash, visit our premises, 137, Old Bakery Street Valletta, on a Thursday, between 17:00 and 20:00. Shall you need further assistance, call us on 99001961.