If you are wondering what all those buttons on your camera are all about, don’t miss the opportunity to spend two days with Paul. I fell into a love for photography (as opposed to taking pictures) quite by accident when I won my DSLR camera. Unlike most photographers who have moved from film photography to digital photography, I had absolutely no knowledge or aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. and when I started reading my camera manual, it was like reading a foreign language. So I started using my DSLR camera in its auto mode and the built in “scene” modes, with great success (I think). But then I became frustrated with not knowing how to use the camera. Paul’s 2-day class has given me a whole new outlook on my camera … I now understand how it works and how to make it work for me. Thanks Paul. I look forward to attending more classes and to continue growing as a photographer.
Our Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class is offered in either a two-day weekend or four-weekday evening format. This class is aimed at photographers who have just started using a Digital Camera (with manual controls) and who would like to learn more about their camera and its features and functions.
If you have been taking photographs with your Digital Camera on the automatic setting, and want to gain greater control over your camera and the photographs you create, then this class is for you. To get the most out of the investment you’ve made in your new Digital Camera you need to get your camera off of the automatic setting. By completing this course, you will gain the confidence you need to best utilize your camera and make the creative photographs you desire.
The Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class is all about the fundamentals of digital camera operation and is completely hands-on. We’ll do a numerous practical exercises throughout the course that will allow you to put the concepts covered in class into practice for yourself.
About Your Instructor for the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class
In addition to being the owner of the BSOP, Paul Burwell is a professional photographer, writer, educator and enthusiastic naturalist with over twenty years experience working with and educating adults. He is a contributing editor and regular columnist with Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. Paul has been a finalist in the Veolia ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ worldwide competition both in 2009 and 2010 and was named a ‘Top Wildlife Shooter’ by Popular Photography Magazine in 2010.
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What a great weekend spent at the Burwell School of Photography. Walking in on Saturday with a new DSLR camera, that I knew very little about and leaving on Sunday afternoon with the ability and confidence to use the camera in manual mode, making custom adjustments etc. was a very uplifting experience. Paul is an excellent instructor, and his approach to teaching this class made it very easy for even the beginner to leave feeling more confident. I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend and I am looking forward to attending next weeks class on Photography Fundamentals.
What You Will Learn During the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class
Introduction to Digital Cameras
- Adjusting the clarity of your viewfinder using the diopter
- Tips, tricks and techniques for making sharper images
- Guidelines to selecting and using interchangeable lenses
- Using the different auto-focus and drive modes on your camera
- Using image stabilisation and mirror lock-up functions (where applicable)
- Using manual hyper-focus techniques and the depth of field preview
Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes (Creative Exposure Modes)
- How to use aperture priority to control the depth-of-field of a scene
- Using shutter priority to control movement of objects in the frame
- Reading and interpreting the exposure histogram
Manual Exposure Modes and Useful Custom Settings
- Working the Manual (M) and Bulb (B) exposure modes on your digital camera
- Using manual white balance for mixed lighting situations
- Useful custom settings and user-defined shooting modes
- Performing camera firmware updates
- Techniques for cleaning your digital sensor
Using your Electronic Flash
- Using flash synchronisation (slow sync, first-curtain sync and second-curtain sync)
- Using dedicated external flash – features and functions
- Using flash exposure compensation (FEC)
- Useful bounce-flash techniques
- Creating balanced exposures
Mr. Burwell’s patience, clarity and presentation was very helpful and encouraging. Any questions – regardless of the person’s experience or knowledge – was answered with warmth, humour and easy to follow terms. His level of professionalism is outstanding. I’m a big fan of Paul Burwell – both his photography and teaching style. I look forward to future courses with Mr. Burwell!!
What to Expect
- 12 hours of classroom instruction
- personalized instruction by professional photographer Paul Burwell
- Digital Camera Fundamentals course book
- Certificate of Completion
- Delicious snacks during coffee breaks
- Weekend classes include a full hot lunch on both days including soup, salad, choice of main course, side dishes and dessert
- Small group size, limited to 12 participants
Prerequisites for the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class
- As a prerequisite for the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class, you should have a good familiarity with using your camera in automatic mode.
At a minimum, you’ll want to have…
- A Digital Camera that supports Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode and Manual Mode
- If you are not sure if your camera is suitable for this class, please contact us and let us know the make and model of your camera and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible
- your camera instruction manual
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- $225 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekend course which includes lunch on both days
- $200 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekday course.
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