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New Advanced photography Workshops

Developing an advanced photography workshop is not an easy task; it requires the instructor to be up to date on the latest information about new digital cameras and editing softwares. An instructor should also consider how to break down the advanced topics into smaller pieces without sacrificing important elements.

I am very pleased to announce that starting in 2017 we are going to offer a stimulating lineup of new intermediate to advanced photography workshops and editing classes. All of the advanced photography workshops will have this icon;

Advanced Photography Workshop

Special icon for intermediate to advanced photography workshops

Let’s get started with two Advanced photography Workshops for now and Stay tuned for more!

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Field Photography Manual Shooting

Two part hands on workshop in Field Photography

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Spring is coming with exciting opportunities to photograph the most amazing scene. Field Photography, especially in Spring, needs specific know-how techniques. Field Photography Manual Shooting is scheduled for March 11th 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm  and all camera makes and models are welcome.

This four hour workshop is part of our Advanced Photography workshops series and will be in outdoor. You will learn how to shoot in Manual and set your camera for different light conditions, how to use correct metering mode, and the most important things, how to find the location and compose a photo. Click HERE to see more information


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HDR Pro Workshop

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HDR stands for High Dynamic range. For refreshers on this style and technique, please check out past articles where I explained the HDR and ZONE SYSTEM in detail.

Successfully shooting HDR requires special techniques: understanding the Zone System and how our cameras “see” the zones and how to accurately calculate exposures and the number of shots to create a perfect HDR. Our HDR Pro workshop also covers the Editing Techniques for HDR in popular software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. The HDR Pro Workshop is developed for intermediate to advancedphotographers who want to take their skills to next level and explore this exciting style of imagery. This workshop consists of two parts (Shooting Techniques and Editing Guide Lines).

HDR Pro workshop is another Advanced photography class and it is scheduled for April 8th 2017. For more information please click Here


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As always we love to hear from you. Please check our UPCOMING CLASSES and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for upcoming classes.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Shooting Manual Outdoor

Shooting Manual Outdoor Workshop

Most pro photographers shoot in manual mode most of the time, but why?

In this article I am going to cover some important benefits of Manual Shooting. If you haven’t tried manual shooting or have tried it and weren’t quite happy with the results, then I have a good news for you. On April 2 from 10:00am to 5:00 pm I am going to have a field trip photography workshop where I will teach how to shoot in manual and get fabulous images. I strongly recommend this workshop to everyone who wants to take their photography skills to the next level. As of today there are only 2 spots left for this workshop. Register today to secure your place.

What are the different exposure modes?

There are four different exposure modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual.

In Auto mode your camera controls pretty much everything and you don’t have any controls. If you use the Program mode you have some controls over camera settings. We call these modes AUTOMATIC MODES. In Aperture Priority you set the Aperture (F stop) and the camera selects the shutter speed for you, and with Shutter Priority you set the shutter speed and the camera controls the aperture for you. These modes are called SEMI AUTOMATIC.

What are the benefits of shooting Manual?

In automatic or semi automatic modes as the brightness of background or foreground changes, the camera changes the exposure, whereas in Manual mode you select the shutter speed and aperture according to the brightness of your subject, essentially locking the exposure to your desire and the camera cannot change it.

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Automatic or semi automatic modes can not capture what you visualized of the scene

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While Shooting Manual you can lock the exposure to capture the image that you visualized

What is one example of a useful application?

Everyone likes silhouette pictures and if you want to capture a beautiful silhouette, you need to use manual exposure mode; set the exposure for the bright background, and you are done!

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Are you interested in Silhouette photos? You need to learn how to shoot in manual exposure

There are many situations when shooting in manual mode can save you time and create better photos. We will cover these in our Manual Shooting in Field workshop on April 2. That is all for now. Check our Upcoming Classes for our exciting lineup of interactive classes in photography and photo editing.


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Auto ISO Tips

Auto ISO, is it useful?

Almost all new DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have the Auto ISO setting. Is it really useful? Let’s talk about it.

You know that you can control exposure by using Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO. Usually you set the ISO and then select what shooting mode you want to use and then set the shutter speed and/or aperture to achieve the right exposure. When manufacturers introduced the AUTO ISO for the first time, many photographers didn’t like the idea of leaving it to the camera, to set the ISO. And I should say they were right!…to a degree.  Normally, you don’t want to shoot in high ISO, as your photos can get grainy (noisy); with new sensors you can easily shoot the images at 1600 ISO with unnoticeable noise!

So learning the power of Auto ISO will help you to shoot better images faster; with less fiddling around with shutter speed or aperture.

Here are some tips for you:

If you have a constant light (even contrast) and want to use a certain combination of shutter speed and aperture value, you should turn on Auto ISO.

For example: you are shooting a sporting event, and want to keep your shutter speed at 1/1000 and the aperture at f2.8. Auto ISO is your best assistant in this case. It maintains the shutter speed and aperture combination, regardless of whether your subject is in the shade, or in the light.

Another example: You take photos of children playing in a playground. If you shoot in manual mode and set the shutter speed and aperture, you don’t have to be worried about your exposure; the camera will set it right for you in Auto ISO, regardless if kids are playing in the shadow or the sunshine!

Do not use Auto ISO…

-If you shoot steady subjects (such as landscape, macro, or even portraits.) You want to control the Depth of Field.

-In Flash Photography, especially if you use off-camera flashes.

-If you are aiming for a long exposure, Auto ISO can drive you nuts! When you want to slow down your shutter speed, the Auto ISO will keep increasing the sensitivity to maintain the minimum safe shutter speed.

-If you want to create a very shallow Depth-Of-Field.

We cover Auto ISO in our Sport Photography workshop in detail.

That is all for now. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Ted and Omnilargess Team

 

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Advanced Exposure Techniques

Advanced Exposure Techniques

 

Q. Do I need an exposure meter to set the right exposure in my DSLR?

A. This is a question that I am asked in almost all of my workshops! And my answer is:

“For shooting in ambient light, your camera’s built-in light meter does a perfect job.”

Q. How do I unleash the power of my camera’s light meter? Do I need special techniques?

This is a great question to ask! We’ve all heard about “Spot Metering”, “Center-weight Metering”, “Partial Metering”, and “Matrix/Evaluative Metering”. But do you know how to use one or the other in different light conditions? This is what I am going to share with you in this workshop “Advanced Exposure Techniques“!

Here are some samples of different metering modes in a camera and how it can effect your images:

HDR Technique

Understanding Exposure Techniques

in a Camera’s Light Meter

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn how the camera’s light meter works, how to find different metering modes, how to use each one, and how to select and lock exposure. After the break you’ll learn about the Ansel Adams Zone system as it relates to understanding the different zones and using it to set the exposure.

Are you interested in HDR photography?

As part of the zone system discussion, you will learn about bracketing for HDR (High Dynamic Range), setting Exposure Compensation and how to shoot for details in highlights and shadows.

 

This is an intermediate to advanced* workshop for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Only 15 spots are available to maximize one-on-one interaction.

*Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Photography and and camera settings is needed for this workshop. Please check our Basic photography workshop for beginners and Advanced Exposure & composition photography class.

 

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Lifestyle Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

Lifestyle Photography Class

What is a Lifestyle Photography? I was asked several times about this kind of photography, especially for the last few weeks which we are going to have our first part of Lifestyle Photography Workshop in Abbotsford.

So let’s face it. What does Lifestyle Photography means? How it is different from other styles? And what should you know to create the effects that you are after.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia regarding Lifestyle photography:

“Lifestyle photography is a style of photography which aims to portray real-life situations in a controlled setting. Lighting is bright, airy and natural-looking. There are many commercial applications including magazine editorial and advertising usage.”

Learn how to capture the right moment!

Learn how to capture the right moment!

This is a very simple yet complete description of Lifestyle Photography. So let me just explain what techniques you need to use. Before getting to this point I just want to mention that the Lifestyle Photography class for July 7th is getting full and only a few spots are available. So book your ticket fast!

1- The very first rule is “Natural Looking”. It means that your set ups should look Natural, Your subject/s should look comfortable and relaxed, The lighting must be nice and bright to the same level that human’s eyes see the scene, there shouldn’t be any harsh highlights or shadows. So understanding the technical features in your camera is the key for this rule. Ted will help you to find out the hidden functions of your camera and guide you through the technical camera settings.

2- Rule numer 2 is to capture Real-Life Situation. It means how to select the location, the timing, What elements to avoid, what elements to add, how to use natural elements from the scene to enhance the image, etc. Tamara will guide you through this important steps.

3- Not that everybody is comfortable in front of the camera (including myself!). Specially you see this problem a lot when you photograph kids! How can you break the ice and make the relaxed? As a great and successful Pro photographer, Anita will give you some priceless tips to break the ice and capture their pictures with a little taste of their personalities.

Book your ticket today.

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.

Ted and Omnilargess Team

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Why exposure is so important in Digital Photography

Why exposure is so important in Digital Photography

First let’s find out what “Photography” is and then talk about “Exposure” and the importance of Exposure in Digital Photography.

Here is the description of Photography in Wikipedia:

Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor.[1] Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.

 

So photography is not just clicking the shutter and capturing the image. It has more technical aspects. One the most important techniques is Exposure. Let’s read what Wikipedia says about Exposure:

Camera controls are interrelated. The total amount of light reaching the film plane (the ‘exposure’) changes with the duration of exposure, aperture of the lens, and on the effective focal length of the lens (which in variable focal length lenses, can force a change in aperture as the lens is zoomed). Changing any of these controls can alter the exposure. Many cameras may be set to adjust most or all of these controls automatically. This automatic functionality is useful for occasional photographers in many situations……..

 

As you keep reading you will find it more technical and difficult to understand. But is Exposure that difficult to understand and apply? No not really. We developed a Hands on Exposure Workshop to make Exposure techniques easy to understand.

Long Exposure

Long Exposure

 

We have several different Digital photography classes but dedicated one of our workshops just to Exposure due to it’s importance in Digital Photography. In this workshop you learn the basics such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. and then we get to the Advanced techniques such as Metering System, White Balance, Histogram, etc.

Tickets are selling fast as Digital Photography for beginners is sold out. Register now to insure your place.

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Ted and Omnilargess Workshop Team

 

 

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Exposure in Digital Photography

It is all about the Exposure!

Exposure is the most important part in Digital or film photography. Exposure can make a photo “Amazing” or “Junk”!

Almost all new digital cameras have an advanced built-in Light meter. Do you know how to control your exposure by using this advanced light meter? Did you know that there several different metering modes built in to your camera?

Here is an example of what happens if you leave it to camera to set your exposure. In this image I used just the default setting of camera’s light meter. More Info…

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Exposure and Digital Photography

Digital Photography and Exposure

First let’s find out what “Photography” is and then talk about “Exposure” and the importance of Exposure in Digital Photography.

 

Here is the description of Photography in Wikipedia:

Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor.[1] Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.

 

So photography is not just clicking the shutter and capturing the image. It has more technical aspects. One the most important techniques is Exposure. Let’s read what Wikipedia says about Exposure:

Camera controls are interrelated. The total amount of light reaching the film plane (the ‘exposure’) changes with the duration of exposure, aperture of the lens, and on the effective focal length of the lens (which in variable focal length lenses, can force a change in aperture as the lens is zoomed). Changing any of these controls can alter the exposure. Many cameras may be set to adjust most or all of these controls automatically. This automatic functionality is useful for occasional photographers in many situations……..

 

As you keep reading you will find it more technical and difficult to understand. But is Exposure that difficult to understand and apply? No not really. We developed a Hands on Exposure Workshop to make Exposure techniques easy to understand.

 

Correct Exposure

Correct Exposure

We have several different Digital photography classes but dedicated one of our workshops just to Exposure due to it’s importance in Digital Photography. In this workshop you learn the basics such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. and then we get to the Advanced techniques such as Metering System, White Balance, Histogram, etc.

Tickets are selling fast as Digital Photography for beginners is sold out. Register now to insure your place.

 

 

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