Skill Level(s): Level I and Level II Students
Location: Clarkstown Community Learning Center, 9 Kings Hwy, Congers, NY 10920 map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: March 23rd, April 14th, or June 3rd, 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
Are you ready to start your journey toward better photos? Have you been playing around in Auto Mode but know your camera is capable of so much more? Don't have time to take a full multi-session photo class? Then this workshop is for you!
This workshop introduces beginners to the creative and technical possibilities of digital photography through hand-on demonstrations, and instructor led photo practice. Take control of your camera and start taking better photos. It's perfect for someone who is new to digital photography or would like to refresh their skills.
Topics include camera operation, exposure controls, shutter, aperture, ISO, white balance, focusing modes, and composition techniques. All students will know how to shoot in full manual mode by the end of the workshop.
High School Students Welcome
WHAT TO BRING
A digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and manual settings is required.
Please bring your fully charged camera, the instruction manual, and a pen with you.
All participants must bring, and wear at all times, a face mask that fully covers the nose and mouth, must be secured underneath the chin and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Gaiters and bandanas are not considered acceptable masks.
The safety of our participants and instructors is of the utmost priority. As such, all of our workshops are run in accordance with guidelines and standards set forth by governmental agencies on the Federal, State, and County level including the CDC, NYS Dept. of Health, NYS Office of the Governor, and Rockland County Dept. of Health.
Participants will be required to wear a face mask, at all times during the workshop, that fully covers the nose and mouth, secures underneath the chin, and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Gaiters and bandanas are not considered acceptable masks. No exceptions will be made, and any participant that does not provide a face mask meeting these requirements or chooses not to comply will not be allowed to participate. No refunds will be given for lack of proper mask or refusing to comply.
In addition, everyone entering the Clarkstown Learning Center will be asked health screening questions and have their temperature taken upon entry. Class sizes are kept small to promote social distancing and all rooms are disinfected between each class. Each room has also been equipped with an air purifier, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
Participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver. Participants also agree to refrain from attending the workshop if they are not feeling well, they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have knowingly been around others that have tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
This class is given in cooperation with the Clarkstown Community Learning Center. Their policy is that no refunds are given after the start of the first class. No refunds are given once a class has begun. If you decide to cancel your registration prior to the first class, a full refund will be given minus any fees collected by the Clarkstown Community Learning Center and any administrative fees.
Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.
Leading up to the workshop you will receive several email communications from us. In order to ensure they get delivered properly and do not get filtered or blocked we suggest adding the following emails to your safe sender list or address book, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
This workshop will be offered 3 times:
Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, April 14th, 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, June 3rd, 6:00PM - 9:00 PM
What type of photographer are you?
Level I - Students are new to photography and either have no formal training in photography or perhaps took a class a long time ago. Level I students are unsure of the operation of their gear or may feel intimidated by taking their camera out of "auto" mode and playing with the manual settings. Photographs of Level I students show significant technical issues as well as compositional issues as they have not yet received training. There's nothing wrong with being a Level I photographer, we all started there, and remember what it's like.
Level II - Students have some understanding of photography principles and may have taken a class or two. Level II students are somewhat familiar with their gear and try to use manual camera settings when they can. As a result, they have gotten lucky from time to time by creating great photographs that were the result of "happy accidents". Although their pictures are applauded by friends and family, they are still at the beginning of learning their craft and their images may have technical issues. Additionally, they can be so caught up with using the right settings they may forget to focus on the artistic side of photography such as composition and lighting.
Level III - Students have a solid understanding of photography principles, thanks to some formal training, and are completely comfortable using their camera in Manual Mode. Level III students have overcome most technical issues relating to exposure and sharpness and are starting to play with interesting lighting and compositions. Most of their photos look better than the average persons and are starting to be thought of as a photographer by friends and family. Level III students may be starting to think about doing some low-end paying photography work or upgrading their gear to full frame sensors and pro lenses.
Level IV - Students have significant experience making, capturing, and processing images that more often then not exhibit a complete understanding of photography principles and creative artistic qualities. Level IV students no longer worry about camera settings, they just happen automatically in their head, and all of their photos are sharp and well exposed. In addition, Level IV student photos exhibit consistently decent lighting and composition and a few of their very best photos exhibit these qualities that can be described as dynamic, beautiful, and awesome. They are not afraid to try unusual or extreme techniques but sometimes use them as a crutch to give their photos that "wow" factor. Level IV students are regarded as "really serious about photography" and may have considered going pro.
Level V - Students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography. Their work is consistently at a professional level with no image quality issues and technicals are spot on. Level V student photo compositions have a maturity about them with a clear style and creativity. A Level V student is capable of shooting in almost any lightning condition and bringing back great photos that are interesting and well exposed. Level V students may or may not be working professional photographers but based on their level of work certainly are capable of being a pro.