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Advanced Photography

Advanced Level

Advanced Photography Course (PSAC).

This one day DSLR photography course assumes you have a full understanding of your camera's functions and settings, and what settings to use for specific subjects in different lighting scenarios. So now you are ready to concentrate on the subject rather than thinking about the camera. After all, photography isn't about the camera - it's about the subject.

Advanced Course Overview.

Ok, so now you call yourself a photographer. Congratulations!

However, you are only a small part of the process of capturing an image. So let me ask you - "Do you take photos or do you make photos?". Happy snappers take photos. Photographers make photos. It’s a commitment. Are you only involved or are you committed? Bacon and eggs - the chicken was involved, but the pig was committed. Do you see the difference?

Whilst I am committed to being a photographer, I'm not committed to every genre of photography - it's not practical. But I am committed to understanding the processes and the tools needed. I call it the 'image chain of pain'. If one link in the chain is broken or missing, the result won't be what you, or your client want. The chain of pain starts with what genre of photography you choose to be expert in. That will decide what tools you need, and what processes you will need to master - from capture to output.

If you are ready for a challenging day, I'm happy to help you, but you may not like what I tell you. But it's better to hear it from me than a client. No pandering to your ego, or political correctness. And hopefully by the end of the day we will have a professional respect (and friendship?) for each other.

Topics covered and open discussion.

  • Apertures - in-depth.
  • Shutter Speeds - in-depth.
  • Professional Equipment
  • Aperture and Shutter Reciprocity
  • How your camera’s metering system works, and why it isn’t always correct
  • Manual Exposure - be the Master
  • Shooting RAW
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • Filters
  • Introduction to Colour Theory
  • Cataloging your images
  • Off camera flash
  • Photographing People - posing
  • Photographing People Outdoors without flash or reflectors
  • Photographing Scenery
  • Open discussion relevant to your goals and ambitions
  • Contracts/Agreements
  • Copyright
  • Getting paid
  • Release Forms
  • Software
Full Day Course: 9:30 - 4:30

Courses can be conducted anywhere on the Gold Coast. Travel charges may apply outside the Gold Coast area. Please ask.
1-on-1 tuition to ensure your complete satisfaction.


What should you bring?

This is a solid day of education. Be comfortable and dress according to the weather and class location. I suggest you bring your own lunch, (there may not be facilities for heating food). For the course you should bring the following-
  • Camera
  • Camera Instruction Manual
  • Charged battery (or two)
  • Memory card/s (preferably empty)
  • Lens/s
  • Flash. If you don’t have an external flash don’t buy one until AFTER the course
  • Note taking materials
  • Tripod if you have (or can borrow) one. If you don’t have a tripod don’t buy one until AFTER the course, as I will show you what features I recommend.
For more information, or to discuss your requirements, you are welcome to call 0414 279 377.