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Better Photography Practice

Better Photography Practice Means Applying Simple Techniques  

Everyone wants to take better pictures. That is why some of us are obsessed with our photography techniques. In almost all of my workshops there are some common questions regarding the guidelines for better photography practice.

Better Photography Practice simply means to understand and apply some very basic, yet important techniques while taking photographs. These simple techniques are so versatile and easy to remember. In this series of articles I am going to discuss these skills so you can build your own better photography practice.

Better Photography Practice

We all need some sort of guidelines to build our better photography practice.
We all need some sort of guidelines to build our better photography practice.

Building Your Better Photography Practice Routine

Better Photography Practice is different from Composition and camera settings. Here at Omnilargess Photography Classes we do offer different workshops for all level of photographers. After learning the skills, it is time to learn how to apply the techniques in real life photography. That is what I call Better Photography Practice (I made the name)!

Generally speaking you need to have a routine for each and every genres in your photography practice. As an example you know how to set the camera (Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Etc.), and you are familiar with Composition Rules, but you want know to where to start,. This is the part that I will cover in upcoming posts.

Where should I start?

In digital photography Bootcamp field trip Students learn how to setup the cameras for different types of photography.
In digital photography Bootcamp field trip Students learn how to setup the cameras for different types of photography.

Omnilargess Photography Classes

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Digital Photography Class Bootcamp program is a 6 week interactive workshop which covers everything from understanding the camera settings, exposure, composition and more. There are 2 field tips, one for daytime and one for nighttime photography techniques. Feel free to check it out.

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That is all for now. We love to hear from you. Let us know if you have any questions, feel free to send  us your questions and we will be more than happy to answer them. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Free Tutorials and Tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Complete Photography Class

Bootcamp is a Complete Photography Class for Beginners

Our one day Digital Photography Class for Beginners is sold out. I will schedule another One Day Photography Class shortly. Meanwhile if you are looking for another digital camera class for beginner to intermediate levels, I encourage you to check out our very popular Camera Bootcamp  Program for beginners. I recently scheduled this workshop for September 12th, which gives you plenty of time to register for this complete photography class and make plans to join us.

What are the advantages of enrolling in Digital Camera Bootcamp?

Camera Bootcamp, the Ultimate workshop

Digital Camera Bootcamp for Beginners is a 6 week photography class. Six 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.

Our Bootcamp for Beginners also offers two exciting Field Trips. 

Daytime Field Trip is on Saturday morning. It is all about understanding exposure and  composition to create a dynamic image. 

Night Field Trip is the second outing. It is the exciting world of Nighttime Photography and the instructor will walk you through the techniques of getting great night shots.

Fun Photography Class

Omnilargess Photography Class is full of fun and hands on techniques
Omnilargess Photography Class is full of fun and hands on techniques

A Photography Class to Learn New Skills

Using Correct Settings is the main part of our photography class
Using Correct Settings is the main part of our photography class

Night Photography Techniques

Learn the special techniques for night photography in Bootcamp
Learn the special techniques for night photography in Bootcamp

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 Pro gear in 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!

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Ted and the Omnilargess Team

A Photography Class to Learn New Skills

Join Omnilargess Bootcamp  and unleash your artistic talent!
Join Omnilargess Bootcamp and unleash your artistic talent!

A Photography Class to Learn New Skills

Using correct exposure allows you to capture more details
Using correct exposure allows you to capture more details

Omnilargess Photography Classes

Upcoming Photography Classes

Fall Photography Bootcamp

Starts September, 12th

A Complete Photography Class for Beginners. It is a 6 week program that includes two field trips.  

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Night Photography Class

September 14th

A 3hour outdoor photography field trip to learn Manual Shooting and special camera setting for night photography

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Full Day Photography Class for Beginners

Starts June, 23rd

A Full day 2 part, classroom and field photography workshop

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Discover the Discovery Trail through your lens

Starts October 27th

A full manual shooting workshop. In this interactive outdoor class you learn how to shoot in manual mode successfully

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Christmas Photography | White Balance

A Simple Christmas Photography Tip | White Balance

We already discussed the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO which are about the exposure. This Christmas Photography tip is a little more advanced and covers the importance of White Balance in Christmas Photography.

What is White Balance

Generally speaking, White Balance in digital photography is how our cameras represent different colours. By default the camera is set to Auto White Balance. In many new cameras the Auto White Balance works just fine. But there are few situations that you need to manipulate the White Balance to get the better result, and one of them is Christmas Photography.

Why you need to tweak White Balance for Christmas Photography

In Auto White Balance mode, camera tries to detect a neutral colour (such as white or grey) and adjusts the other colours accordingly. And usually we may not have those neutral colours available in our Christmas decorations. That is why camera may not be able to set the correct colour tone.

White Balance is Off

Neutral colours (White, Black or Grey) are not present in this photo, Camera Auto White Balance is off
Neutral colours (White, Black or Grey) are not present in this photo, Camera Auto White Balance is off

To help camera setting correct colour tonality, we can use White Balance presets. Just go to camera menu and select the correct light source as your White Balance preset. In this example. Since the light source was Tungsten (normal household bulb), I select “Tungsten or Incandescent” preset. You notice the colour change. It is warmer and more pleasing.

Correct White Balance

I set the White Balance to Tungsten light ( Normal household light bulb) and the result is better colour rendition.
I set the White Balance to Tungsten light ( Normal household light bulb) and the result is better colour rendition.

Use Custom/Pre White Balance for perfect colour

If you are not shooting in Raw format and want to have close to perfect colour, you need to consider shooting in Custom White Balance. In Custom White Balance you set the Neutral colour for the camera, and camera adjusts the other colours accordingly.

In the Photography Bootcamp program I have dedicated a full session to cover White Balance in depth.

White Balance Presets in Camera Menu

Christmas Photography Tip
Whit Balance Presets in digital camera

That is all for now. Stay tuned for another Christmas photography tip. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Shoot Like a Pro in 6 Weeks

Photography Class Bootcamp Program

This is an 8 session, 5 week (3 hour workshop in each session) course. This group of hands-on workshops is specifically designed to help enthusiastic digital photographers understand the technical aspects of digital photography, exposure, and artistic composition rules so that they can get the most from their digital camera. It is ideal for people with digital SLR or Mirrorless cameras who want to learn which settings are important, and how to adjust them in a wide range of situations.

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Perfect Histogram 2

Does Perfect Histogram exist?

In first part of “Perfect Histogram”, I discussed what Histogram is, its crucial role in photography and what can be considered a Perfect Histogram.

The left side of Histogram is pure black and the right side is pure white. Other grey tones lie in between.

By understanding the Histogram you can take better High key photos

Histogram and exposure

Perfect Histogram
Does this Histogram belong to an overexposed image or a High key photo?

By studying the histogram in this example I know the majority of the pixels are used for the highlighted area with a few in dark grey and black, which can result in overexposure like the image below.

Overexposed picture

Perfect Histogram
This is an overexposed photo and Histogram warns us about it

Or it can also be a High key image like this one.

High Key Photo

Perfect Histogram
A perfect exposed High Key photo

There is no such thing as a perfect histogram, or we can claim that all histograms are perfect. You will learn more about this towards the end of this article! The key is comparing the histogram with the scene to find out if your main subject is within the range of the histogram. For instance try to understand how this Histogram would look as a photographic scene.

Low Key Histogram

Perfect Histogram
Histogram tells us that the image is dark.

Histogram shows that the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones.

It can be an underexposed photo like this

Underexposed picture

An underexposed photo can have similar histogram as a low key photo.
An underexposed photo can have similar histogram as a low key photo.

Or it can be a Low key image like this one

Low Key picture

A perfect exposure for a low key image
A perfect exposure for a low key image

Next take another look at the image and compare it with the Histogram. Although majority of pixels are in dark grey tones, the histogram tells you it is a correct exposure for your main subject.

Histogram and underexposed vs overexposed photo

In this image the majority of pixels are in dark grey tones, whereas the main subject should have been within a range of grey tones. Although this histogram seems very similar to the previous one, when you compare it with the scene you notice a well exposed image for the main subject. The histogram tells you that the majority of pixels are black or dark grey. And you have enough grey tone for the main subject.

Low Key picture

Perfect Histogram
A good example of a Low Key Photo

A Perfect Histogram shows how your camera captured the scene

Understanding histogram is not difficult. It just takes practice to become familiar with the information it provides. In our upcoming Digital Camera Workshop for Beginners on September 27th, I will cover the Histogram in depth with more tips to be put into action in order to learn one of the most powerful tools in digital photography. Understanding histogram is like finding a best friend inside your digital camera, a friend that gives you instant and accurate feedbacks every single time! Now you know that a Perfect Histogram exists when you can understand its data.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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The tangible benefits of education

Education allows you to tap into your creativity

Taking a photo is different than creating a picture. For example, all cameras can take a photo, but the creativity of the photographer makes the picture. Having the right education opens the door to creativity, especially in the visual arts.

Feedback from one of our students

Education Leads to success

Roy Webber recently took our Digital Camera Bootcamp. Soon after taking the Bootcamp workshop he posted this review on our Facebook page:
“Great investment. I have learnt so much! I recommend this class to everyone.”
Roy went on to enroll in our Lightroom class and recently sent me one of his photos which he proudly shows to everyone. He began by getting a correct exposure in-camera and then took the photo to the next level by editing the picture in Lightroom using Global and Local adjustments. Here is the photo.

Education
A testimony that shows education is very important, specially in Visual Arts.Photo credit Roy Webber

I think you’ll agree this image is very dynamic; I like how he used framing to successfully add depth to this image. I want to congratulate Roy on such an achievement in a short period of time and thank him for sharing his picture with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work!

Whether you want to learn photography as a hobby or as a business we are here to assist you. Check our upcoming classes to find a photography class or editing workshop which matches your needs and schedule. We also offer private photography lessons, a popular choice for busy lifestyles.
Many thanks to all of you for supporting us and sharing your successes along the way. We wish Roy Webber all the best on his new journey into the professional photography world.
Ted and the Omnilargess Team.

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Next Digital Camera Bootcamp starts April 12th

Digital Camera Bootcamp is an 8 week program for beginners to intermediates. It includes two field trips, one for day time photography and one for night photography.

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Beginners Digital Camera Class

Beginners Digital Camera Class

Unleash the power of your digital Camera

Beginners Digital Camera class is a two part workshop and you learn about your camera settings and controls. Each part is Two hours with theory and hands on.
In this four hour class you will explore the hidden functions of your Digital camera and learn about Shutter speed, Aperture, ISO, White Balance, and more. This workshop is primarily intended for photographers using digital SLR cameras, but many Manual capable digital compact cameras are also suitable. Each participant is expected to bring a digital camera with a fully charged battery and memory card(s)

Beginners digital camera class

Exposure and composition are the most important elements in photography. Photo credit to Katie

Part one Classroom session on Saturday December 3rd 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In this 2 hour session you will learn the Digital camera’s terminology, Menu, Functionality such as: Shutter Speed, Aperture Value, ISO, White Balance, and much more.

Part two Hands on and practical session on Saturday December 3rd from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm

This session is fully hands on and you practice with different settings such as , Auto Focusing, Lens Focal Length, Hidden functions, and much more. You will explore the differences in file format and tips on how to make better images using your creativity.

This workshop is developed for beginners and we will cover all the important functions of your camera. Please bring your camera, fully charged battery, and Memory card. We are going to try and test almost all the different settings and scenarios that the average person would encounter when taking photos. After taking this photography class you won’t use the AUTO mode any more and you will see significant improvement in your daily photography.

Check our UPCOMING CLASSES for more fun workshops.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Shooting Digital 2

Shooting Digital Part 2

Selecting Exposure Mode

In the previous article we discussed how and why entry level cameras overexpose photos, primarily because it has been programmed to do just this. We also looked at why we should avoid overexposing pictures to maintain the highlights, saturation and contrast if we want to have better looking images. In this article we are going to explore options to correct this problem.

What exposure mode should you use?

Never use Auto, for the simple reason that you don’t have any control over camera settings. If you’re not yet comfortable with dealing with settings use the Program mode. Program mode is exactly like Auto, but allows you to set the controls to your liking. Auto and Program are fully automatic exposure modes.

Shutter priority and Aperture Priority are Semi Automatic settings where you select the shutter speed or aperture and your camera sets the other one automatically. These are better exposure modes if you want to learn photography and I always recommend these ones in my Digital Camera Bootcamps.

In both Automatic and semi automatic modes the camera will slightly overexpose the images. To solve this problem all you need to do is use Exposure Compensation. Just find the Exposure Compensation button, press and hold it and with the main control dial set it to -0.5 (half stop under exposed) and see the result for yourself. The half stop underexposure is a magic fine tweak for most entry level cameras.

Exposure Mode

Set the Exposure Compensation to -0.5 to shoot for the highlight.

Here are the before and after photos.

Exposure Mode

Aperture priority for Exposure mode, and default setting in camera. Notice how the highlights disappeared and image is almost washed out!

Exposure Mode

Same Exposure mode, this time I set the exposure compensation to -0.5. Notice how it affected the whole image.

Exposure Mode

Right image is camera’s default setting and left image is with exposure compensation tweaking.

Is it better to shoot in manual exposure?

For sure it is the best exposure mode, but you need to be ready before making this jump. That is why we developed the Manual Exposure Shooting workshop for you. It is a full day hands on outdoor workshop where you will learn all the tips and tricks for Manual Exposure Mode.


I strongly recommend you take your time and learn the Semi Automatic modes first and then switch to learning full manual mode to enjoy your photography even more.

Please check our UPCOMING CLASSES to find a workshop that best suits your needs and experience level before committing to learning Manual exposure mode. You can always ask us about our Private Classes if you want to learn faster.

That is all for now. Stay tuned for more tips in photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Hope Digital Photography Workshop

Hope Digital Photography Workshop 

Good news for our Hope and Kamloops subscribers!

Private and group workshops for photographers are becoming very popular; one example is a photography workshop I recently led in Agassiz. I am excited to announce a digital photography workshop is planned for Hope BC at the end of this month. For those of you who’ve always wanted to take some of our classes, here is an opportunity to sign up for our very popular Digital Photography Workshop in Hope.

Hope Digital Photography Workshop

Hope Digital Photography Workshop. For more information click on the image above and go to page 17.

Hope Digital Photography Workshop

Fraser Valley Regional District  has invited me to lead a two part series of photography classes on September 26 and October 3. These sessions will have plenty of opportunity to learn hands-on, practical skills – an interactive environment we have become well known for providing. This digital camera workshop is for beginners to intermediate photographers. Please contact Fraser Valley Regional District for more information.

That is all for now; stay tuned for more interesting news!

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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