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Class No 4: Light and focus (Beginner level)
The class takes place outdoors in Paris (center), outdoors in Belgium at Ixelles (near Flagey's place), outdoors in London (center), Oxford (downtown), Geneva (center) and indoors or outdoors in Helsinki (depending on the weather).
A summary of the notions covered in this course will be handed out at the end of each session. A “meeting form” with the exact meet-up location will be sent to enrolled participants a few days before class.
A photographer is bound to be able to “read” light and, from that, make his or her aesthetic choices for the final image. Understanding light is, thus, a prerequisite to express creativity in the same manner as depth of field and shutter speed.
Several measuring modes are available on modern digital cameras (matrix, spot or pondéré central) and this workshop will demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of all of them with practical considerations.
Focusing is bound with light measurement in the sense that it functions using the same channels on the camera (the small square or rectangle zones that are visible in the viewer). Focusing and light measurement need to be mastered and are prerequisite in order to avoid out-of-focus and badly exposed (too light/too dark) photographs.
This workshop will teach you to:
- Measure light using the various modes of your camera (spot, pondéré central or matrix)
- Make photos against the sunlight
- Do smart focusing using various channels
- Develop a sense of composition from the shooting
The workshop last 3h30 and is composed of a theoretical part, practical training and a close-up brief.