Get the most out of your DSLR and start shooting like the professional
It's hard to take a bad picture with a modern DSLR, but as long as you rely on your camera's automatic settings, it's just as tough to take a great one. Join renowned Guardian photographer Andy Earl for a jargon-busting masterclass that will put you in control of the manual settings and put a whole new world of tricks at your fingertips.
Over the course of this entertaining, highly practical weekend, you'll master the technical functions of your camera and the fundamental rules of lighting, colour and composition. You'll also learn the basics of post-production and picture editing through a live Photoshop demonstration, then put your new skills into practice on a location assignment, during which you'll receive tailored feedback from Andy to help you develop your individual style – and confidence – to get results you can be proud of.
This engaging weekend will take attendees from using fully automatic to fully manual settings. The course will demystify the technical aspects of using a DSLR, and develop your eye for a good picture. The course is composed of an engaging mix of practical and theoretical modules, culminating in a location shoot. Topics covered include:
You have a passion for photography and own a DSLR, but want to gain technical confidence and experience.
Andy Earl is a professor of photography at Norwich University and has been a leading professional for many years. His work includes an award winning video for the Rolling Stones, two stamps, three published books and recently a portrait session with Prince Charles, although he is possibly best known for his album sleeves for Pink Floyd, Bow Wow Wow, Madonna, Robbie Williams, Johnny Cash and others.
Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.
Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.
Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.
The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.
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