Learning photography entails more than just knowing the camera, but it starts there.
Look at a few photos to get you in the mood:
These, and all other photos that are worth looking at, rely on you to know a whole bunch of stuff:
- The camera and its operation, modes and menus
- Basic photography: Aperture, Shutter, ISO
- Lenses and their use
- Supporting tools (from light meters and pocket wizards to light stands and tripods)
- Computer techniques
- Light and colour, in general
- A little history and art
And then mix at all together and practice.
A CURIOUS OBSERVATION: Men usually start at 1 and work their way down; women tend to start at the bottom and work their way up. And guess what? I don’t care which approach you take. You need both for consistently good pictures.
And it is easier than you think. Which is why I help:
- Here on www.speedlighter.ca. Read back to the start, and learn everything I know in bits. All I ask is: tell all your friends.
- By buying and reading and practicing my two photography ebooks.
- On photo walks like my August 25 walk: maximum ten students, so book soon.
- Aug 18-22 you get the chance to learn from me in a very intensive 5-day workshop at the annual Niagara School of Imaging, held at Brock University. There are still a few spots open: book now if you dig flash as much as I do.
- By coming to one of my courses in Hamilton and Oakville: www.cameratraining.ca
- By doing private training, the best way to get there quickly.
Take advantage of these opportunities and make your life last forever by creating great art.
And I have a special offer for you to help you get started: Until the end of September I offer a two hour individual portfolio review and general review of strengths and weaknesses (and help with the latter) for $99 (normally, $190) plus tax. You can do this at my Oakville location or via the Internet using Skype/Google. Simply pay via e-transfer or via http://www.michaelwillems.ca and send me an email to pick your time (24/7 in principle). You will find this an excellent way to kick start your photography!
Funny observation. 🙂
Interesting offer… how many photos should there be in a portfolio (online) to have an efficient review?
Chantal: I would say as few as 20. Too many isn’t great either. Dozens is enough.