Photography Class

15 years ago - #photography#learning

I just finished taking a month long photography class. I had been talking to my friend, Tom, about my photography skills. I felt that after I got a high-end DSLR camera, that my photos actually got worse. I had no idea what all the buttons were for. Every time I tried to figure out f-stop and shutter speed, I'd take lousy photos. I really needed a class to get me into shape.

We looked at a few classes in the city. In the end, we took a "Digital Photography Workshop" from NYU. The instructor was Emmanuel Faure (http://www.emmanuelfaure.com/).

The class was invaluable, in that it forced me to understand everything that my camera does and why you would pick particular settings over others. The teacher also gave us a lot of advice on composition, framing, and other artistic ideas.

The latest photos on my site were all done during or after the photography class. I've definitely noticed a night-and-day difference. I would occasionally take a good shot before, but now I can hit it with much more reliability. And when I'm not hitting it, I know what I can do to fix it.

This is a photo of our class, taken by the instructor.

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The first review of my homework for my photography lighting class went well. He gave me a specific challenge: to photograph objects instead of people. I clearly enjoy photographing people and he wanted us to start working outside of our comfort zone.
I'm a bit behind on my posts about photography class. Week 6 was all about black and white photography. I was hoping to bring in some male nudes, but all of my friends were shockingly prudish! I'm trying to figure out if that's because in the age of the internet, people just don't want someone to take nude photos of them. Or perhaps none of my friends trust me. Or perhaps the younger generation just isn't as comfortable stripping for art. Hmmm...