Think about this First:

  • What story am I telling?
  • What feelings do I want to evoke? 
  • What feeling or thoughts am I expressing?
  • How do I want people to react?
  • What do I want people to see? What is the most vital part of this image?
  • Do I need space to add text?
  • Should the main image be on the left, right or center?
  • Am I capturing something existing (flowers in my hood, food at a party) or my own creation?
  • Colors, textures, seasons, themes or mood? (additional info/inspiration in my Art and Design class)

Now Mechanics of Making Our Visions Real:

  • Why Manual gives you artistic freedom and control.
  • Difference between manual and automatic settings. Forget charts and numbers.
  • We’ll look at real photos and their settings.
  • You can SEE how settings affect images.
  • You’ll become comfortable with Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings.
  • Plus Depth of field aka DOF.
  • Shooting close-up vs average distance or long distance: how does that affect your image? Which lenses best in each case? When to use a Macro lens?
  • Raw aka DNG versus Jpg file formats.
  • Plus, always framing with solid Composition principles.
  • These and other inspiring thoughts.

Tabletop Photo Studio Ideas:

  • Backgrounds
  • Affordable lighting, including everyday lamps
  • Props
  • Tips and Tricks vs Pitfalls

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