In Depth Full Day Photography Lessons

Longer lessons provide far greater instruction options...

Some people want to get more into a class than what can be done in just two hours.  They prefer to get more "in the field" time.  Basically what they want is a workshop; however, they don't want to share the workshop with 20 other people.   Who can blame them right?  Other folks simply can't cut the time out of their schedules to take three or four classes on different days and want to pack as much as possible into any day they have off.

So, I offer "Half Day Private Workshops" and "Full Day Private Workshops".  

Private Photography Classes:

 

Half Day Beginner (4 hrs) & Full Day Beginner (8 hrs).

  • Longer classes allow you to really pack in the learning on whatever topics you wish.
  • Classes will take place at multiple locations during the day (dont worry, I'll drive).  This might be locations around Golden & Denver or could take us into the mountains depending on what we're trying to learn.
  • The real advantage is being "in the field" with your instructor there to help instead of just getting information and being sent off to try it on your own (as with most classes).
  • We have the time to integrate all three aspects of teaching into a single class:
    • Learning - instruction on topics.
    • Doing - actually putting what you learn into practice.  
    • Reviewing - we will review the day's work on a computer and go over the results to discuss how to improve what you did and to some "post work" to make your results look their very best.

Half Day: The half day beginner class will have us out and about "in the field" shooting and learning for approx 2 1/2 hrs generally at a single location, then we will return to a computer where we can look at and review the images you've taken.  This allows us to discuss what you did right and what you did wrong. Most importantly, we can discuss how to improve on the image in the future.  If you got yourself any "winners" we can also pretty them up for you in post.

Full Day: The full day beginner class will have us out and about "in the field" shooting and learning for approx 5-6 hrs at multiple locations. With this much time we can travel to appropriate locations for specific interests (for example into the mountains for landscape or downtown Denver for "street photography", or maybe a festival for "editorial".... you get the idea).  After shooting we will return to a computer where we can look at and review the images you've taken.  This allows us to discuss what you did right and what you did wrong. Most importantly, we can discuss how to improve on the image in the future.  If you got yourself any "winners" we can also pretty them up for you in post. It will be a long day yes, but you'll learn a lot and have fun as well.

Note: These longer classes are highly flexible, so if we find we are loving our "field" shooting then so be it, we don't have to do the computer review that day.  If you really want to learn more about Lightroom or Photoshop than maybe we spend less time shooting and more time doing post work on the images you take.

What will we learn?  Below is a list of common subjects covered in beginner classes.  We may go over all of them in a single class or maybe just a few in much greater detail.  It just depends on your style of learning, what our focus is and how we decide to schedule out the day.

  • Composition:
    • What is composition for?
    • Rules of composition.
    • Breaking the rules.
    • Psychology of composition.
  • Shooting Modes:
    • M, A, S (Tv), P
    • What are they for? When to use them.
  • Exposure:
    • Achieving proper exposure.
    • ISO and image clarity.
  • Depth of Field:
    • Aperture (f stops).
    • DOF and focal length, sensor size, subject/background ratios.
  • Metering Modes:
    • How to control exposure via different metering modes.
    • Targeting exposure to your subject.
    • Tackling dynamic range issues.
  • Focusing:
    • Using focusing modes to improve clarity.
    • Focusing techniques.
    • Focus area.
  • Advanced Features: 
    • Working with exposure compensation.
    • Bracketing.
    • White balance

 

Half Day & Full Day Specialty Classes (4 & 8 hr)

  • The scenario here is similar to what you see above.   The main difference is that you should already have a basic knowledge of the topics listed in the beginner classes and a focused topic you want to work on.  Below is some of the most popular subjects.

    • Table Top Macro Photography (often associated with product photos).
    • Outdoor Portraits.
    • Night Photography / Long Exposure.
    • Home Studio.
    • HDR Photos.
    • Flower and Insect Macro.

 

Your Instructor

tewksbury

My goal is always to teach WHY a technique works, not just HOW it's done. This is the fundamental difference between Big Sun training and most other photo courses who teach only by route. By learning the reasons behind the practice, you are able to move forward on your own, breaking away from the mundane and expanding your creativity.


 As with any service you should research what/whom you are investing in to ensure the right fit.

I encourage you to review my own work before signing up for any photography class.

Gene Tewksbury
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