-The Four-locations Certificate Course –
The next dates for the certificate course will be on Saturdays:
17 March 2018 at 16:00hrs
24 March 2018 at 16:00hrs
31 March 2018 at 16:00hrs
07 April 2018 at 17:30hrs
The price of this course is R1 500 for the four sessions. This includes an on-hand coach for all the sessions, access to the coach for questions during the week, critiques of all your selected images, administering multiple choice questions. Included is a certificate for all those who complete the course’s requirements.
What can you expect?
- This is a four-week course and the two-hour sessions are held once a week, over the weekends (we also take groups in the week).
- Expect to learn all the fundamentals of the camera and the art of composition.
- You will submit 3 to 5 images per week onto our Facebook page for critique. Our critiques will be aimed at encouraging you to tap into your creativity.
- By the end of the course, you will be a competent photographer if you put your heart into all the details.
Remember that this is a course designed to get you up and going and to accelerate your knowledge and skill in the world of photography.
This is the framework for the next course:
Compose as an artist. This is an essential assignment and one that needs to be first as it is designed to challenge us to see what is around us with new eyes. So often we will rush from pillar to post, unaware of the beauty in the small things. Someone once coined the phrase “stop and smell the roses” and this is why we do photography. We want an excuse to watch an ant walk across a broken concrete slab; we want to watch a blade of grass wave in the wind; we want to get down on our knees to see with new eyes as if we had become children once again.
On this assignment, we will do just that, but more. We will get rid of the old ideas about photography being a way of recording recognisable things. After learning the basics of good composition, we will dare to be simple and photograph form and shape; we will learn what light does to textures; we will spend time practicing simplicity, which is, after all, the first rule of good composition. So, let’s scramble your brain and turn the old into the new. Let’s teach you to take pleasure in the small things once again, and while you’re at it, let’s teach you some art.
This assignment will influence the other assignments and your new knowledge of good composition will affect your work across the board.
Street photography. When you think of it, doing “street photography” is an important discipline. Street photography gives us glimpses into the society we live in; the older your images become, the more valuable they are. Street photography is, therefore, an investment in history, a way of telling stories of the “now” for generations to come.
Many photographers feel a little nervous when they go out on a street walk. They feel that they don’t want to become intrusive or disturb peoples’ privacy. They are surprised to find that it is not a threatening experience at all. The discovery that other humans are quite receptive will give you the confidence to develop a portfolio around this intriguing discipline and want to explore further.
In this session, the coach will teach you the psychologies behind photographing other humans. He/she will teach you when to ask permission and when to go ahead and photograph without permission. It’s important to note that the legality of the issue is not in question (in South Africa); when in a public space, we are fully entitled to take photographs of anything and anyone we wish. (There are some exceptions). Having said that, we will respect the privacy of others.
This course is useful for:
- Learning to master greater skills with your camera (e.g.: new and faster focusing techniques, using the LCD screen for less intrusive photography where your camera has it; a greater knowledge of depth of field and when and when not to use blur; which ISO to use and the advantages of auto ISO when moving fast; etc.)
- Angles of view and their importance
- Exploring new ways of creativity with movement; freezing motion and blurring motion
- Testing the boundaries of what is and isn’t acceptable in terms of photographing strangers
This assignment would profit those wanting to take an international trip and bring back creative photos of their experiences, and travel bloggers wanting new techniques and new ideas. In fact, it is an experience that stretches the outer limits of photography and is a useful exercise for us all.
Nature Photography. Nature is everywhere. Whether you live in the desert, in the mountains, on the savannas, or on the seashore, nature is there, right alongside. We judge it is lacking only when we become familiar with it and have seen the sights a thousand times. What we don’t realise is that light changes it. In the full glare of the sun, nature is harsh and brash. When the light dims, we see with new eyes and notice the beauty. Whether you are looking at the sand dunes in Namibia, a leaf floating on the water, a flower closing at night; a broken cactus; yellowing leaves lying like a carpet under trees; a stream flowing to a waterfall; a dung beetle hurrying to her hole; a dragonfly clinging to its plant near the water; all this is nature. It is ordinary until you draw yourself back and see the privilege of being a passenger on a planet of wonders, and consider what an absolute marvel to be able to record this miracle for everyone who is too busy to stop and look – and is consumed by the tension of a false way of life.
After having learned about good composition, you will want to compose the elements in your nature photography with care, recognising that the art you see in nature is the biggest treasure we will ever possess.
In the assignment, you will learn:
- Simple composition
- New camera skills and how being closer to your subjects affects depth of field
- How the eyes of the plants should always be sharp unless you are experimenting with new forms of creativity
- How the wind blowing tests your patience and how ISO becomes your friend
- How giving yourself permission to stop and look is the greatest therapy known to us
Landscape Photography. You see them everywhere, standing on the edges of the roads, cell phones in the air, clicking merrily away. It’s the middle of the day and the sun is baking the ground but they are there in their thousands. The evening comes and they are gone, off to enjoy whatever is offered them.
It’s quiet and the sun has disappeared over the horizon and you can feel the cool evening air drifting over the plains or coming in from the sea. You can see a couple walking together, oblivious to the world of habit, love has made them rebel against the traditions of the herd. Your camera is up on a tripod as there is not enough light to hand-hold it and you wait. You know it is coming, this supernatural light that lasts a few seconds and then disappears as quickly as it came. After, you look at the LCD screen on your camera and realise that you too are in love, this time with the beauty of this planet and with light. You hold the secret deeply in your heart. Many will say how they love your image but they don’t know why. The magic was in the light and they were not there to see it as you did; their lives were poorer for it.
On this assignment, you will learn:
- That beauty demands sacrifice
- That low light demands long exposures, and for that you need a tripod
- That long exposures do lovely things to water
- That you can turn on your timer if you don’t have a remote
- New ways of making sure your focus is sharp from foreground to background
- And much, much more.
Comprehensive booklets will be provided and we will issue certificates to those that have submitted images for critique.
At just R1500 for 4 sessions, including booklets and your own personal coach, what are you waiting for?
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