Photography Course: Technical Skills - Sydney Short Courses

Photography Course: Technical Skills

What you'll learn

Learn to improve your technical photography skills with our photography short courses in Sydney!

Photography is both a creative and a technical art form, the two go hand in hand. Without the creative vision, the technical skills are useless, and without the practical skills, the vision is just a dream. Once you have mastered the basics of your camera functions, all beginner photographers need to be able to master the technical aspects of their camera to make their creative vision come to life.

Perhaps you want a shot to look a certain way but you don't know how to light it, or you may want to achieve a certain depth of field but can't seem to replicate your idea in the viewfinder. This technical photography course takes your beginners knowledge and adds the tools of lighting, metering, correct exposure, motion blur and a helpful understanding of the various camera accessories at your disposal and emboldens any budding amateur to take that next leap into taking images with real impact.

The aim of this photography course is to combine theoretical and practical knowledge to enable you to approach a shot with more proficiency and confidence. If you're looking to grow your skills as an amateur then this photography course is for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Technical Skills course, you should be able to:

  • Use light quality to enhance the impact of your photography
  • Apply creative camera techniques when taking photos
  • Devise and implement methods of using directional light for image capture
  • Control light quantity and quality with in-camera techniques and external modifiers
  • Master manual camera exposure variation skills

Course content

What will be covered in this Technical Skills course?

Week 1 - Camera skills

  • Bracketing & Auto-exposure bracketing
  • Tonal Range & Dynamic Range
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Lens filters
  • Practical session: Bracketing techniques

Week 2 - Capturing light

  • Quantity & quality of natural light
  • Types of light & diffusion
  • Directional light & angles
  • Modifying natural light
  • Practical session: Shooting with modified light
  • Practical session: Directional light

Week 3 - Exposure variations

  • Histograms & exposures
  • Exposing to the right
  • High key / low key exposures
  • Night and low light exposures
  • Reflections
  • Practical session: night exposures
  • Practical session: reflections

Week 4 - Camera skills

  • Motion blur photography
  • Panning techniques
  • Practical session: Blur techniques
  • Practical session: Panning techniques

Week 5 - Controlling light

  • Time of day & natural light
  • Colour casts & artificial light
  • Colour temperature
  • White balance & colour corrections
  • Presentation: DYI Food photography
  • Practical session: Shooting with light
  • Practical session: Product photography

Intended audience

Who is this Technical Skills course for?

This technical photography program is for all photographers who want to improve their technical skills in photography and who have completed our Photography Course for Beginners or an equivalent course, or are confident and experienced in camera operations.  Special consideration can be given to students who feel they meet the requirements so please check the learning outcomes of our Photography Course for Beginners

This course is for photographers to broaden their capabilities to other genres of photography; for photographers with a new camera who want to get back into photography; for previous students of photography who want a technical update course; or have upcoming travel plans; for photographers who want to consolidate their skills across a variety of conceptual and practical site conditions; or who want inspiration in their photographic journey and want interesting challenges to solve. 

You should take a particular interest in this course if you have are looking to focus on developing technical and practical skills that pertain to specific camera functions rather than focusing on compositional and creative aspects of photography.

Course materials

What to bring to class

  • Digital SLR /Mirrorless Camera + lenses as available
  • SD Card with a minimum of 8GB of memory
  • 1 fully charged camera battery
  • Tripod or monopod is helpful but not a requirement

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