Basic: 7 Steps to Better Photography

Basic Level Class

7 Steps to Better Photography – A 4-Hour “Crash Course”

Retail Price: $125

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We have designed this class for beginning photographers and photo enthusiasts who are looking to grasp the basics of digital photography – from the technical to the aesthetic! During this info-packed 4-hour workshop, Joleigh Van Hoy will share with you a comprehensive overview of our 7-step method for creating beautiful images.

Step 1: Basic Function of Today’s Modern Digital Camera!
You’ll learn and finally understand your camera! Whether you have a point & shoot, prosumer model, or a top of the line professional DSLR, Joleigh will make sure you get the most of your camera!

Step 2: The Technical Stuff!
You’ll get hands-on with your camera and really start to know and, more importantly, UNDERSTAND what all those buttons do! This is probably the most brain-labor intensive portion of the class so come with an open brain and feel free to ask questions! The topics we plan to cover are:

    • F-Stops (aperture)
    • Shutter speed
    • White balance
    • ISO (light sensitivity)
    • Proper exposure


Step 3: Image Composition!
Have you ever liked a photo but aren’t able to put your finger on exactly why? This portion of the class covers all the artsy stuff that will enhance your image.  We plan to cover:

  • Leading lines
  • Converging lines
  • The rule of 3rds
  • Symmetrical and asymmetrical
  • Creating a center of interest

Step 4: Lighting Techniques!
Learn how to light like a pro with:

  1. Finding and creating directional light
  2. How to shoot in the sun and shade
  3. Indoor/outdoor
  4. Natural light vs. flash with modifiers

Step 5: Bring Out The Best In Your Subjects!
 Joleigh Van Hoy will share with you many of these secrets for making her subjects look their best! She’ll cover:

  • Lens selection and perspective
  • Camera angle
  • Posing
  • Expressions
  • Spontaneity
  • Prop usage

Step 6: All The Small Stuff!
Even when you’ve mastered your settings and followed all the creative “rules,” there are still a thousand and one things you can do to change your image. It’s all about the small stuff and Joleigh will show you samples of how the “small stuff” made or broke certain images and help you learn to look for these things!

Step 7: Enjoy Your Images After You’ve Created Them! You’ve created them…now what do you do with them??? Joleigh will demonstrate the latest ways to enjoy your images as fine art prints, albums, slideshows, and more!  She’ll point you in the direction of some local and not-so-local resources for turning your images into tangible products.

Bottom-line, no matter what your skill level is or the type of camera you own, Joleigh Van Hoy will give you some of the best information regarding photography you will ever receive. You’ll leave the classroom knowing how to operate your camera and the inspiration to put that knowledge into practice! Join Joleigh for her 7 Steps to Better Photography 4 Hour Crash Course!

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