For the CALL Digital Photography 2019 Winter Session, we will continue where we left off this fall. The course will still be “Back to Basics”, but this time we’ll focus on digital photography software editing and file management.
In general, casual photographers snap pictures and accept whatever comes out of the camera. More discerning photographers compose in-camera and are aware of what they want to capture in advance of hitting the shutter button. This often comes with frustration due to the many unwanted elements surrounding the subject. Also, camera limitations often cause disappointing results.
This is where software editing comes into play. There are many corrections or adjustments possible once an image is transferred from the camera to the computer. Some images require straightening, while others would look better cropped. Parts may be over/under exposed, or colours may not be realistic, or appealing to the photographer’s eye. For the more artistically inclined, some colours can be drastically altered. Removing a bit of “haze” may also improve the photograph. Masks and filters can be applied to make truly artistic images.
The most important aspect of photography is composition. This involves recognizing the elements that make a good picture. Many photography enthusiasts already have a strong aesthetic sense; however, they are often so focused on the subject that they miss seeing distracting elements. Good images are often rejected in the review process because of these flaws. Fortunately, many of these “flaws” can be mitigated or completely removed.
In this course we will focus on the basics of photo editing and file management. Software demonstrations will predominantly use Adobe Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. However, other software editing applications can be discussed depending on demand. One of the facilitators is familiar with Luminar and the other is conversant with Corel PaintShop Pro.
The session format will consist of review, presentation, discussion and practice. We will continue with the weekly challenge and course submission reviews followed by a formal presentation and/or demonstration. This will be followed by practice photography opportunities and voluntary assignments. The course format is informal and relaxed. Questions or comments are encouraged at any time during presentations.
A unique feature of our group is the website http://boomerartist.ca. Here, CALL participants can find details regarding the photography sessions. Course examples can be downloaded from the website for editing practice at home, however participants are encouraged to work on their own photos. You may also "upload" your "before and after" photo experiments to the website. There you can also view other participants’ online submissions, make online comments, and ask online questions. If you wish, interest group leaders will critique your photos and make suggestions for improvement.
The 2019 CALL Digital Photography Winter session will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, starting January 22. The other dates are February 12 and 26, March 12 and 26, and April 9 and 23.
Maximum number of participants: 30.
Location: Rosedale Community Centre, 901 – 11thAve N.W., Beugin Hall (upstairs)
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
The digital photography interest group will be facilitated by three experienced shutterbugs:
Henri Walhout is an experienced photographer who just likes to photograph all kinds of subjects. He has kept pace with current equipment and software.
Jim Springer has been an amateur photographer for 40 years. He is well versed in all types of photography, but prefers portrait, landscape and wildlife photography.
Register for this group by emailing the Facilitator (Click on the blue Facilitator link)
* Guests are welcome but are expected to join CALL after evaluating the first two sessions.