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The Bangkok Photo School Beginner's Package is a series of three, weekly evening classes and a field-trip, carefully compiled to give photographers the skills necessary to create engaging, well-exposed and beautifully-composed photographs.
"Our aim is to educate, encourage and inspire."
Starting with the basics, we cover all the essential technical aspects of the camera. Our aim is to demystify your camera gear, allowing you to move away from the Auto setting and to take full control of the camera's various settings.
Weekly Evening Classes
Week One "The Basics" - Thursday, November 3rd @ 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Including lessons on Apertures, Shutter Speeds, ISO, Focussing Control and a guided tour of your camera equipment, introducing you to all the important camera controls.
Week Two "Creative Control" - Thursday, November 10th @ 6:30pm to 9:30pm
How to regain control of the camera, exposure control, compositional guides and an introduction to the art of visual storytelling.
Field-Trip - Sunday, November 13th @ 4:00pm to 7:00pm
An opportunity to put the things we've learned in the classroom into practice with a tutor-led photo shoot in a photogenic part of Bangkok with guided exercises and storytelling advice.
Week Three "The Creative Photographer" - Thursday, November 17th @ 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Putting all your new skills together with advice on lens choice, focal lengths, creative composition, a review and professional critique of your field-trip images with suggestions for future projects.
Learn by example
During classes, we look at real-world examples of successful images from past masters, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Elliot Erwitt, Martin Parr, James Nachtwey, Don McCullin and many more. Using these examples, we deconstruct images, learning how successful photographers have created their work.
Classes combine technical and practical exercises and students are encouraged to use their cameras during the class and in weekly homework assignments.
Our Beginner's Photography package is taught by JJ Michael, who has great experience in helping students to make the most of their photographic opportunities. JJ has been bringing his considerable knowledge and enthusiasm to classes at the Bangkok Photo School since 2010.
What camera do I need?
Any type of camera that allows you to manually set the aperture and shutter speed will work. Nowadays even small compact cameras have some manual settings so anything from a compact to a professional DSLR is fine. If you are intending to buy new camera gear, we recommend that you come to the first class to get our advice on what gear might be appropriate for you. Please keep in mind that you will need a camera for the second and third classes to get the most out of the course.
Is there an age limit for students?
Not really, we usually accept any students from 15 years of age upwards.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There's plenty of parking at The British Club. If you are coming by public transport please leave plenty of time to navigate through the Bangkok traffic.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring your ticket with you, either printed or on a mobile device.
What about refreshments?
We take a break half-way through the class for dinner, when students can order from the wide selection of dishes available on the British Club menu. There's also tea, coffee and drinks. Just pay the waiter/waitress before you leave.
What is the refund policy?
If you are unable to attend the first class then we ask for 14 days notice and we'll refund the cost of your registration. If you have to cancel your place within 14 days then we will still give a full refund, providing we are able to take a replacement registration before the class begins. No refunds are payable after the first class has commenced.
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