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New Digital Camera Bootcamp

Digital Digital Bootcamp for beginners

I want to let you know that our one day Digital Camera for Beginners workshop is sold out. If you are looking for another digital camera workshop for beginner to intermediate levels, I encourage you to check out our very popular Digital Camera Bootcamp for beginners. I recently rescheduled the start of this series of workshops to April, which gives you plenty of time to register for these workshops and make plans to join us.

What are the advantages of enrolling in Digital Camera Bootcamp?

Digital Camera Bootcamp for Beginners is an 8 week program. The classroom sessions will be held in our office location every Wednesday night from 6-9pm. This program is packed with practical exercises, hands on learning and two field trips. Each session includes assignments which help you apply the techniques you learn in classroom sessions to real life applications and solidify the process of learning new techniques.

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Our Bootcamp for Beginners also offers two exciting field trips: one is all about understanding exposure and  composition to create a dynamic image; the second outing is the exciting world of Night time Photography and the instructor will walk you through the techniques of getting great night shots.

Night time Photography by Omnilargess Bootcamp students

Night time Photography by Omnilargess Bootcamp students

Why does Bootcamp for Beginners seem a bit expensive?

In reality it is not expensive at all – in fact it is the best value for your money because the cost of $400 is for eight workshops, which comes to only $50 per workshop!  We wanted to offer a practical and affordable commitment to help get you on a good path to better photography.

Is there a promotion or discount for Digital Camera Bootcamp?

Being part of our student group during the Bootcamp you save 15% on rental fees from our rental department. If there is pro lens, camera body, flash, studio light, etc. that you want to try during the Bootcamp course you can rent them and enjoy 15% saving on our reasonable rental fees.

Tickets are selling fast. Register today to secure your spot in Digital Camera Bootcamp for Beginners.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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Digital Camera Classes Fraser Valley

Digital camera classes Fraser Valley

Do digital camera classes really help you take better pictures?

This is a very good question. Regardless of the type of digital camera you have, in my experience the answer is: Yes, it is always very helpful to take our digital camera classes. We offer a wide variety of workshops for digital photography from camera settings for beginners to the most advanced tweaking and operating features for pro photographers and for all camera brands and models.

Digital Camera Bootcamp for beginners is one of our most successful workshops for the past two years. I receive many emails with feedback from our Bootcamp students and I post them on our blog and add them to our Testimonial page as well. Please take a moment and check these testimonials for yourself.

Our last digital camera Bootcamp wrapped up on August 15 and as always students were so nice to send me their feedback. I really appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of these testimonies and want to thank everyone for sending their comments and suggestions.

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes help you to find your creativity in Photography

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes help you to find your creativity in Photography

Omnilargess Digital Camera Classes are developed around the needs of photographers of all levels to keep pace with the ever-evolving technology of digital cameras and editing software like Photoshop and Lightroom. We make sure our students get the latest information in our classes and we are proud of the services we provide to our photography community in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

 

Here is James Orr’s testimony for our last Digital Camera Bootcamp and he was very kind to send some images to share with you.

 

“Hi Ted!  Thank you so much for putting on such a great class, Digital Bootcamp!  Prior to the class I had only used a point and shoot camera for work but with your instruction I have been able to take some really good photos with my DSLR.  Your instruction was to the point, useful and informative.  I have attached a few of my favorite photos taken while attending class.

 

Thanks again and look forward to taking the “manual settings class” if it fits my schedule.”

 

 

In Digital camera classes you learn how to control the Shutter speed

In Digital camera classes you learn how to control the Shutter speed

Night Scene photography is one of our most popular Digital Camera classes

Night Scene photography is one of our most popular Digital Camera classes

 

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Slow shutter night time photography part of our Digital Camera Bootcamp

Panning is part of the Digital Camera Bootcamp.

Panning is part of the Digital Camera Bootcamp.

 

I want to thank all of you for supporting us and I look forward to seeing you in our workshops. Check our next Digital Camera Bootcamp and register now as we keep the class size small for your maximum learning benefit.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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Digital Camera Autofocus Modes

Digital Camera Autofocus Modes

 

Understanding Autofocus Modes in Digital Cameras

Photo Tip Friday August 15, 2014

Did you know that your digital camera has different Autofocus modes?

Do you know how to select the correct autofocus mode for the best results?

Almost all new digital cameras have very sophisticated autofocus system, but you don’t need to know all the technical specifications to benefit from this advanced technology. All you need to know is which the best autofocus mode for your application is.

 

Digital Camera Auto-Autofocus mode

Digital Camera Auto-Autofocus mode

Choosing correct autofocus mode is very important and unfortunately many photographers do not pay enough attention to autofocus modes and its potentials in their photography. This is why I added Selecting Correct Autofocus Mode as part of our new Digital Camera Bootcamp and I dedicated a 30 minute classroom session to this topic (with lots of practical hands-on in our field trips). In this article I’ll discuss the three major autofocus modes which almost all digital cameras are equipped with.

 

Introduction to Digital Camera Autofocus Modes 

These three modes are present in all digital cameras from an entry level all the way to pro level cameras. By understanding the capability of each setting, your photography experience will be smoother and the results will improve more.

Auto Autofocus

This is the default setting of camera. In this mode you allow the camera to pick the focusing points. When you select Auto Autofocus the camera selects the closest and brightest part of the scene or the closest face to focus on, which may not be exactly the point that you want to focus on.

Digital camera Auto-autofocus mode dose not know where to focus!

Digital camera Auto-autofocus mode dose not know where to focus!

 

Single Autofocus

You select the focusing point and force the camera to focus on that point. It is advised to use this mode, lock the focusing by pressing the shutter button half way down and then recompose. If you use spot metering the camera will read the exposure from where the focusing point is. Make sure to lock the exposure as well if you shoot using spot metering. This Autofocus Mode is recommended for still subjects.

 

Digital camera single auto focus mode allows you to select the focusing point

Digital camera single auto focus mode allows you to select the focusing point

Some digital cameras have more auto focus points

Some digital cameras have more auto focus points

Continuous Autofocus 

If you have a moving subject and want to keep the subject in focus, you should use Continuous Autofocus Mode. For instance you want to take photos of your pet running around in the park. The new digital cameras sense the movement and predict the direction of movement, then keeps focusing on your subject. The Continuous Autofocus Mode is suggested for moving subject. You press the shutter button half way down to activate the autofocus and keep pressing it down; when your subject starts to move the camera will change the focusing to keep the subject in focus. Most cameras are equipped with a back autofocus button. For best results I recommend using this button to activate autofocus and keep camera focusing on your subject.

Digital camera continuos auto focus allows you to select your moving subject and love the focusing.

Digital camera continuos auto focus allows you to select your moving subject and love the focusing.

That’s our Friday Photo Tip for this week!  For more in-depth information about using Autofocus systems in different cameras register for our upcoming Digital Camera Bootcamp for Beginners.

 

 


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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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