We will work through the basics of shooting with a DSLR using aperture priority, shutter priority, ISO, checking exposure with the histogram, and correcting with the exposure compensation button. Composition, lighting, perspective, and details of lenses, filters, and focusing options, JPEG and TIFF and RAW formats are explained, and many elements of camera operations and care and much more will be presented to everyone’s clear understanding. The instruction will be done partly in a classroom format but will come together in the field in many situations to permit using what you have learned with personal guidance from the instructor. This will be a full fun filled week of ranch enjoyment and photography.
Monday Evening, May 14
Arrive for introductions and hors de’oeuvres.
Tuesday, May 15
We start with introductions and a review of the week’s schedule. There is an introduction to digital photography, the camera and lens, and how shooting has improved due to the new technology. Learn the 5 steps in image capture, how the camera captures an image, clear up the mystery of JPEG and RAW formats, and implications for their use. Work on the fundamentals of control of the camera: definitions of various terms and capabilities, the primary controls of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and their characteristics, and focusing. Today’s objective is to get people prepared to shoot that afternoon at the ranch.
Wednesday, May 16
We begin shooting in the early morning to get the best light. During the day you learn how to correct bad exposures with the histogram and exposure compensation. There is a discussion of shooting procedures, both nominal and specific, variations on metering, lenses, filters, and tripods. Later in the day you are on your own at the ranch. We get together before sunset to shoot again. In the evening we cover things you need to know, additional notes and recommendations, important menu settings, and special conditions, and what kind of camera one should have?
Thursday, May 17
We begin early again to shoot with the morning light. Then we cover the topics of images good and bad, portraits, action shots, landscape, flash and lighting. What should you shoot to document a trip? The need for and types of releases. A discussion of how the camera works: pixels, pixel sites, the effects of sensor size and pixel size, digital vs. film lenses. Later we have a tour to the San Xavier de Bac mission to photograph there.
Friday, May 18
Early morning shooting is followed by discussions of continuous shooting, bracketing, extending the camera’s capability for panoramas, time lapse photography, high dynamic range, and extended depth of field. We learn of backups when away from home, downloading to a computer, backups, file management, software options for further processing, and the how-to of e-mailing pictures. In the evening is a slide show of participants images from the week.
Saturday, May 19
We enjoy a rodeo capturing the excitement and action with our cameras and in the evening there is a special event by the ranch.
Sunday, May 20
Leave with good memories and good pictures.
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