The term composition means 'putting together’. It’s the way you arrange or place the objects in the frame of your image. This class will help you understand composition concepts like the Rule of Thirds, and how to balance your image with framing, leading lines, and mergers.
Don’t go through life taking bad photos. Learn the difference between being a ‘Picture Taker’ and a ‘Photographer’. Michael will demonstrate good composition by shooting demo subjects in class using these guidelines. You will learn to see good composition, which will help you achieve greater success and increase the visual aesthetic of your image.
Learn to use Depth of Field to determine what’s in focus and what’s not in focus in your photograph. This class will help you understand how to use f-stops (aperture) to determine the Depth of Field for creative effects. Knowing when to shoot wide open or stopped down will help you take control of your photography.
There will be a hands-on demo where students will shoot a large and shallow DOF in order to learn this concept as well as when to focus manually or AF and how that affects your image. Students will also have a opportunity to arrange objects and practice composition. This photo class is part of the series “Fundamental Photography”, and will teach you the building blocks of photography.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring your DSLR camera (no point and shoot cameras) with lens, user manual (can be downloaded from the manufacturer) and your questions to class. Most of all, bring your enthusiasm and eagerness to master your camera!
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate: Attendee should be familiar with the basic functions and menus of their camera. Suggested Prerequisite courses:
Fundamentals of Photography: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed
Fundamentals of Photography: The Digital Negative
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Michael Nadler is a graduate of California State University Fullerton with a degree in Communication/ Photojournalism. After several years of photojournalism, Michael entered the more lucrative area of Photographic Retail Management. After 15 year as everything from Sales to Buyer, Advertising Exec, to Digital Specialty innovator, he was asked by Canon to take up the new challenge of digital imaging. Embracing the challenge, he put forth his full efforts. Beginning with the Canon DCS-1, Michael has since become an advisor to companies such as Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Getty, Corbus, Warner Bros., ABC/Disney, Paramount, CBS, NBC, NANPA, PPA, PPC, WPPI, Upperdeck, AAED, ADA, CDA, News Services, and many, many others bringing them into the Digital Age. His knowledge of digital imaging and processes as well of his mastery of Canon has set him apart in the photographic community. For 15 years Michael has educated and inspired photographers from around the globe. This new chapter for him is to help inspire the future generations of photographers.
WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your camera and something with which to take notes. Be sure that your camera battery is charged and that you have a memory card with room on it for photos.
PARKING and LOCATION: Los Angeles - Limited parking is available at Samy’s Camera Store parking lot: 431 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 (entrance is on Drexel Ave.)
When you arrive please do the following:
- Pull all the way up to the wall or park behind someone and make sure to park within the lines. A parking attendant is usually on duty to help you. Space is limited and tandem parking is necessary so everyone is able to park free of charge. If you are unwilling to tandem park, please find parking elsewhere.
- Please do not block spaces by parking far from the wall or double parking. (Spaces for larger vehicles are on the left as you enter.)
Samy’s EDU classrooms are located at 475 S. Fairfax Ave. (4th building south of the store on the same side of the street.)
REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS:
Our goal is to provide a fun and professional learning environment that fosters a positive experience and builds a strong relationship with Samy's Camera customers. Unless otherwise noted, all classes require advance registration due to limited seating and/or availability.
Samy's EDU makes the decision to run a class based on the attendance level 48 hours prior to the class. Because of this, we can only offer a refund if you notify us by sending an email to EDU@Samys.com 48 hours before your class. If you fail to provide email notification or if you cancel less than 48 hours prior to the class all monies will be forfeit and you will not receive a refund.
On occasion we may cancel a class because of low enrollment and/or unforeseen professional conflict on the part of the instructor. Should this be the case, all monies will be refunded in full. We do not take responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, so please buy a refundable ticket if you are coming from outside of Los Angeles.
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