Why attend a photography class?

Why attend a photography class?

Next to paintings, photographs are considered as one of the most interesting visual means of communication there is. Through the years, those who were not endowed with the natural knack for drawing or painting were able to shift their “eye” for the beautiful using not brushes and paints but a digital camera, an apparatus that records images.

Learning the basics

After discovering the beauty of photography, more and more people became interested in the craft, devoted their time in discovering and rediscovering its major components, and became self-taught photographers.

Since not everyone does not have enough time and will to learn everything on their own, they often resort to attending photography classes to gain or improve their knowledge in the craft. But before enrolling into any photography class, you must decide first what kind of photography you would want to explore and things you can expect from that class. These are the usual things you can learn in a photography class:

1. The Camera. Essentially, a camera is a light-tight box containing a piece of light-sensitive material either film or digital sensor inside it. The box has a hole (lens) to allow light to enter, a viewfinder and a shutter. Usually, two types of cameras are being introduced to the students during a photography class: the SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) or manual and the Digital Camera. While SLR cameras require the use of rolls of film, manual loading and rewinding, and manual photo processing, digital cameras use a digital memory card, which allows larger image storing and can be processed or manipulated through the use of computer.

2. Photography terms and other equipment basics such as shutter speeds that define the length of time the film is exposed to light, aperture which refers to the opening of the lens, kinds of films and film speeds rated by ISO numbers, batteries either alkaline or lithium, tripod or monopods used for camera support, F-stops or depth of field which refers to the distance between the nearest and farthest points that appear in sharp focus, the significance of camera meters, and lenses which are used to gather and focus light rays to form an image and its various kinds with basic explanation and application of focal lengths, tele-extenders, filters, flash and etc.

3. Other topics that will be discussed include photography theories and application, styles and tips in shooting different photographs like framing and composing the subject, and what to photograph are taught, camera health, protection, and caring tips, how to publish your photos as well as photo rights.

If you’re planning to enroll in a photography class, make sure that you peruse the syllabus or course outline so you can come up with a list of expectations. You may also ask people who have enrolled in photography classes before and ask about their experience so you’ll have an idea what goes on.


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