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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 begins adding 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 and being to harness the technical tools available to anyone with the know-how then this photography course is for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this technical photography 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 methods of using directional light when taking photos
  • control light quantity and quality with modifiers
  • master manual camera exposure skills

Who is this technical photography skills course for?

This technical photography course is for anyone who has completed our Photography Course for Beginners or an equivalent course. 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.

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.

What will be covered in this technical photography 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

What to bring to class

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

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Photography Course: Technical Skills

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Photography Course: Technical Skills

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