Practical photography (intermediate)

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Designed for those who know the basic functions and features of their digital camera and wish to learn more (or have completed the Beginners course). Topics include aperture priority, shutter speed priority, portrait modes, landscape modes, exposure compensation, eliminating shutter lag, manual white balance and macro. Note that your camera must have manual settings such as P, A, S, M.

The course examines all the manual modes in some detail – P, A, S and M. We use landscape photography as the vehicle of application and investigate how hyperfocal distance works. But above all we start to look at the design aspects of photography – separation using colour, focus and tone as well as the use of leading lines. And we simplify the seldom understood relationship between aperture, subject distance and focal length, and their combined effects on depth of field. Sounds complicated? It is. But everyone ends up understanding and applying it.

Recommended for anyone with basic skills in digital photography who wishes to upgrade their skills for work or pleasure.

Participants should have a good basic understanding of their camera (by doing the Beginners course or similar) before attempting the Intermediate course.

Course Content:

  • Aperture priority and depth of field
  • Hyperfocal distance
  • Formatting
  • P A S M modes
  • Metering
  • Accurate exposures
  • Grey card readings
  • Incident light readings
  • Manual white balance
  • Bracketing
  • Auto bracketing
  • Portrait modes
  • Landscape modes
  • Exposure compensation
  • Eliminating shutter lag
  • Macro photography
  • Separation techniques
  • Elements of design

_PLUS: An introduction to ‘Speedlight’ flash photography.

The course suits DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) and mirrorless cameras.

Note: Your camera MUST have manual settings such as P, A, S, M. All DSLR cameras have manual settings but only approximately 20% of compact cameras have manual. If your camera has no Manual settings the course will be of limited benefit to you.

Please bring your camera, lenses, accessories, a fully charged battery, 2GB memory card, and camera instruction manual.

Please bring your separate external flash if you have one.

The Intermediate course involves practical shooting exercises. A tripod is desirable but not essential.

Check the list below to make sure that you are familiar with these operations:

  • On/Off switch
  • Clean lens
  • Optical zoom
  • Digital zoom
  • Battery compartment
  • Battery management
  • Memory card
  • Setting resolution & compression
  • Flash on, flash off
  • Macro Control
  • Review Modes
  • Deleting an Image
  • Histogram
  • White Balance controls
  • Setting ISO
  • Focus lock
  • Back up
  • +/- button
  • Fill Flash
  • Formatting

You should be familiar with most of these operations to enrol in the Intermediate workshop. If you are out of practice, you may need to go back to your manual and do some revision for yourself. Practice makes perfect! If you are totally bamboozled by these terms, we suggest you enrol in the Beginner’s class!

*Students have the option of emailing two images for review on the day of the course.
Here’s what to do:
1. Rename your images with your name e.g. BillJones1.jpg and BillJones2.jpg
2. Resize your images so that they are 1-2MB
3. Only submit JPEG images
4. Write ‘UWA Beginners’, ‘UWA Intermediate’ or ‘UWA Advanced’ in the Subject line
5. Email to Dale Neill:
6. Cut off date is 48 hours before the course

This course will be held at The University Club of Western Australia.

Light lunch will be provided and is included in the cost.
If you have any special dietary requirements please email our staff on Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate any dietary requirements without 48 hour notification.

If you have any special dietary requirements please email our staff on as soon as possible once you have booked. Your early notice is appreciated and assists us in meeting your dietary requirements.

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