ATA Photography Workshop - Summer, 2008
Thanks to all the sites I've linked to for this presentation especially Dennis Curtin at
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Introduce yourself and your camera
Explore your camera
of photography fundamentals
How shutter speed and aperture work together.
ISO (what used to be known as ASA) refers to the "light sensitivity" of the digital chip or sensor. Lower ISO numbers (100) require a lot of light to record a picture, while higher numbers (400 - 800) can record in relatively low light. If your camera gives you a choice of ISO settings, they will most likely include: Auto (the camera makes the selection), 100, 200 and 400. In most cases, it's best to rely on the Auto setting to choose your ISO. Also, beware of 400 or higher, because the result is often grainy pictures
The opening that lets light into the camera.
Canon aperture demo
How long the opening is open.
Focus on your subject in the center of the frame, hold the shutter button half way down then reframe the picture and push the shutter button completely.
See the Controlling Exposure chapter
Depth of Field
Tips for better photos
Get closer - fill the frame
Take lots of pictures.
Shoot vertical for tall subjects like people, trees and buildings
Rule of thirds
Find your manual online and download it.
If you have a histogram, use it
Get an extra battery or two
Rechargeables are the way to go if you camera uses AA batteries. They are rated in milliamp hours, the higher the number the longer they will last.
Get one or morre large capacity memory cards.
Look at the Sunday paper for deasls locally. There are always good prices for cards on the Internet.
- Short Courses in Digital Photography
A free book from Dennis Curtin with animations.
This is an absolutely amazing site and the owner puts out excellent instructional books and CDs
- Popular Photography
- Digital Camera
- Outdoor Photographer
- American Photo
- Web sites
The coolest photo shari
ng/community on the planet.
My Flickr site is:
Come and visit me.
- Picasa Web Albums
A great, free place to create and store web albums. Works from either Picasa or iPhoto.
- Adobe Photoshop Express
2 GB of storage space and online editing
You can edit your photos online.
A great site with a weekly newletter with something new and different every week. One of my favorite places for photo info on the web,
Click for one of my favorite tutorials- Panoramas on Steroids.
is a site all about using off camera flaash.
- Imaging Resource
A great place to shop for camera prices and other camera info.
- Digital Photography Review
An extensive site with camera reviews and forums. Tons of info here.
- Cambridge in Colour
- Black's is Photography
- Canon Photo 101
- Luminous Landscape
Not really a photography baased site but it very cool and periodically has some usefful photo projects.
- Publish Your Photos
- my presentation at MACUL in March, 2006.
- Canon DSLRs
A good place to chck for buying memory cards.
Washtenaw Community College
has a terrific photo program!
- The Digital Photography Book - Scott Kelby
Textures and patterns
Colors and shapes
Shoot Pairs using focus lock
Shoot an off center subject using focus lock
Shoot against a light/dark background using EV
Shooting better portraits
Black's Photo tutorials has a
for natural lighting and simple lights.
Studio Lighting Tutorials
has a lot of good info on lighting for portraits.
Using natural light
Using hot lights
Using a reflector
Avoid mug shots
Classic portrait lighting
Short or loop
Freezing subject with shutter speed
Blurry background, sharp subject by panning
Sharp background, blurry subject subject passes through frame with slow shutter speed
Popping balloons - Stopping motion
The most famous of this type of photography is the work of
A greaat resource for stop motion photography is
, a sit for tachers and students.
Create a Flickr account and upload an image or two
Create a Picasa Web Album
Shoot indoors with the timer and no flash
Image Editing Tools
Apple only - free with a new Mac
Free from Google.
A terrrific tool for Windows users to organize, edit and publish their photos.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Photoshop Elements
- Paintshop Pro
- Software that came with your camera
- online editor
- Adobe Photoshop Express - online editor, storage and very cool slideshows
- Image Tricks
Free for Macs.
This is a great program to use with iPhoto.