Photography classes are popping up everywhere these days: community centers, online sites, Facebook, and continuing adult education programs, just to name a few. Whether you want to take this art as a career or hobby, it’s important that you know what you are doing and might want to seriously think about taking photography classes. Here are few tidbits on what you will learn by enrolling…
What You Will Learn by Taking Photography Classes
To start with you will learn most of the basics, including camera features, settings, how to change and use these settings, and when it’s appropriate to use them. Some other standard accessories like the filters, different lenses, batteries, tripods and memory cards are also discussed.
While digital classes are often held indoors in classrooms, great lessons will include some hands-on work with your camera with an instructor who demonstrates how the settings, features, and exposure settings work on your camera and allow time for you to become comfortable with your camera in the classroom environment.
Homework assignments are a great tool and will enable you to work on what you learned in class while at home, and help reinforce technical skills.
Focusing On Light
Learning how to manage and control light is one of the main concepts taught. No lesson would be complete without a discussion on light sources, how light affects subjects, how to understand the way your camera sees the light, and what accessories you can use to manipulate light.
Exposure (auto, programmed, priority controls and manual) are the tools of light control. A serious lesson will not only provide an overview of exposure, detail the components of exposure, and how to use the components of exposure, but will also involve discussion and hands-on use to ensure you know how each exposure setting works, the advantages of each, and when to use what type of exposure.
In addition to instruction on how to use your camera, a typical lesson will include discussion around your creative eye and how you see the world. Composition techniques will evolve out of creative discussions and assignments help strengthen and grow creativity. A solid foundation of vocabulary in this art will help you define your styles in the art and help reinforce your creative eye.
What to Expect
Many schools offer 20-hour classes. You will spend half of the time in the darkroom, studio, and laboratory. You should expect to undertake basic lessons that cover necessary things such as camera, film types, depth of field, exposure mechanism, and camera handling.
In the darkroom, you will learn film development and the various printing techniques.
In the studio, you will learn how to take professional photos, how to set the lights, how to pose the subject among many other things.
There are many schools, colleges, and studios where you can take your classes from. These institutions are run by very skillful people and are ready to make you a better photographer.