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Mastering the Tools of Photography Package Deal


Now - October 29, 2014

General $202
Member $162

Package Deal: Master your photography skills and register for all the classes in this series by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on September 1. Programs may be purchased separately after September 2,  subject to availability.

Mastering the Tools of Photography

To capture something unique, as you see it, you must have proficient knowledge of light, exposure, composition and timing. Mastering the appropriate use of your camera tools will ensure success in every situation. The classes listed below are instructed by The Arizona Republic photojournalist Rob Schumacher, who covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Understanding Your Camera
Wednesday / September 17 / 5 - 9 p.m.

Making a good exposure starts with understanding how to use your camera. In this class, we will study the functions and set-up of a DSLR camera. We will talk about basic flash techniques, shutter speeds and f-stops. Then, we will take a walk in the Garden where you will use your newly-gained skills to take successful photographs of nature. Off-camera flash and tripod are recommended. Limit 12.

Wednesday / October 15 / 5 - 9 p.m.

An understanding of composition is essential for impactful photography; in fact, famed photographer Edward Weston said that composition is the strongest way of seeing. In this class, we will examine traditional rules of composition and break down a photograph to its basic elements while discussing depth of field, lens selection and cropping using Adobe® Photoshop® Elements. Instruction on the Garden trails is included. The use of a tripod is recommended. Limit 12.

The Secret of Lighting
Wednesday / October 29 / 5 - 9 p.m.

Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. In this class, we will discover light sources and the color of light, beginning with sunlight and shade. We will look at the Garden in terms of weather, time of day and season, and explore how to create the best photographs under the given circumstances. Off-camera flash and tripod are recommended. Limit 12.

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