Introduction to Digital Photography

This workshop is a basic course in photo booth photography given over 2 days where the participant will learn about the whole photographic process from seeing an image to printing it.  It is a workshop for beginners and the technical aspects will all be explained in terms so as to assure complete understanding.

Starting with the image, we will explore elements in composing the picture, visualizing the final print, lighting, the effect of different perspectives, and the effect of different focal length lenses.  Measuring exposure is critical to a good image.  We thus examine different ways to measure exposure, how to consider the effects of depth of field and exposure time, and adjusting them for the image’s needs.  And the histogram is explained as to what it is and how it is a valuable tool to check the exposure.

The participant will learn the mysteries of how the digital camera works and how the image it sees is recorded on the sensor and ultimately gets to the flash card.  We will talk in non-technical terms about mega pixels, the conversion of the image via CCDs or CMOS sensors to a digital image, buffers, and flash cards so you understand what they are and what they do.  JPEG, TIFF, and RAW formats will be explained so you know which you want to use.  Finally we discuss the basic controls of the camera including aperture priority, shutter priority, program and manual modes, white balance, auto focus, ISO settings and how they inter-relate to give you flexibility for each shot.

These techniques will be reinforced through actual practice in a field trip in the Albuquerque area where we will capture exciting and unique images.  The location will be dependent upon the interests and needs of the participants.

Working with some selected images of the participants, we move to Photoshop.  Each image is evaluated, and the various elements and tools of Photoshop are explained as to what they do.  These various tools and techniques are then applied to the images showing how they can be improved.  Items examined include global adjustments, adjustment layers, selecting, image size modifications, and more.  Lastly we move to the printing process, matching what we see on the computer screen with what we get from the printer, printing and evaluating the printed images.

A group dinner the first night (cost of the dinner is not included in the workshop fee) is followed by an evening session wherein there will be a showing of digital prints and discussion of how they were taken and processed.

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