Photography Skills for the Real World


Course description

This course is for those who already have a basic understanding of their camera operation. Combining classroom and field study, we’ll initially meet at a UVic classroom and spend two hours reviewing some basics of camera operation, as well as techniques and composition. After a lunch break, we’ll head outside and practice our photography around the campus. The following weekend, we’ll meet downtown to photograph in the city core.

We often learn about creating photographs in ideal conditions, however real life is not like that. You’ll learn to make the best images you can with the locations and light we find. Your instructor will direct you to different sites, discuss what we see before we shoot, take some photos and talk about what each person is seeing and finding to photograph.

Taking your camera from the classroom to the outside world will allow you to build on your basic skills and become comfortable with your camera in a real world situation. We’ll find a variety of locations that will allow you to work on your compositional skills, your exposure technique and your ability to look for light and the best location and angles to create your photographic art.

Bring your camera gear and dress for the weather. We will be walking with our gear, so only bring as much camera equipment as you feel comfortable carrying. Students are responsible for their own lunches and refreshments; we suggest you bring a bag lunch to the first session.

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