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is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands some 20 Km to the north of
Pietermaritzburg. The region is renowned for its beautiful scenery and
wonderful climate and It?s here that we hold our Beginner /
Intermediate Photographic and Photoshop workshops.
These weekend workshops are held at a small conference centre just
outside Howick with registration and an introductory talk (which
includes a slide show) on the Friday evening, leaving all of Saturday
and Sunday for photography and image analysis.
The following aspects will be covered in the workshop:
At the end of the workshop you
will have a better understanding of your camera, its controls, the
principles of photography and image composition.
- Camera controls
- Basic principals of photography
- How to analyse you photographs and find out where you are going right and wrong
- Using off camera flash
- Shooting beautiful portraits
- How to use the camera controls to achieve various effects
- Basic editing
- Using the histogram to judge exposure.
- The use of Blinkies to prevent blown out highlights. (Blinkies? Come to the workshop and find out)
Arrive At Yellowwood Cafe for course registration and set up.
Yellowwood Cafe is situated on the Farm Fairfell just outside Howick on
the way to the stunningly beautiful Karkloof. The photogenic homestead
where we'll be meeting, is a historic monument and was built in 1872.
After registration we'll have an introductory talk and show and a very
quick look at some basic photographic elements.
Meet at Yellowwood for coffee and a chat about photography before
heading out into the lovely gardens to do our first shoot. There are a
host of subjects from old gates to flowers to miniature farm animals.
Roger and Pat will be available to deal with any problems or "camera
questions". After an hour or so we'll download the images in
preparation for the evaluation session - this is where we can make a
huge difference to your photography by analysing your images and
finding where you are going right or wrong.
In the afternoon we'll head out to Karkloof Falls. After winding
through grasslands and pine plantations, the Karkloof River tumbles
over the Woodhouse Falls before plunging 88m over the Karkloof Falls into
the forested Karkloof Valley. This is where we learn to photograph
water - reflections, action, movement and especially, how to get those
soft, fluffy waterfall images.
meet up with some mountain bikers and use the to experiment with slow
and fast shutter speeds. It is now that we will start to play with the
off camera flashes to creat a variety of effects. At about 09:30 we
head into the dining room for a scrumptious
The day continues with discussions and image analysis. At about
14:30 we'll have a quick snack and then we'll be joined by a young
model, who will pose for us. The Yellowwood Cafe gardens are very
beautiful and we'll spend some time in them, working with the model. We
will use different lenses, looking at what effect lens choice has on
the image. We will look at how to pose people and use changing vantage
points to achieve different effects.
We work through the day much as we did the previous one with analysis,
discussions and practicals. In the afternoon we'll have a quick look at
how to edit images in Photoshop, which will give you an idea of what
can be done with this very useful program. We'll wrap up the workshop
at about 13:00
Digital SLR Camera
preferably with removable lenses (a fixed lens camera will work but
will limit what we can do to a certain degree). An advanced point and
shoot camera will be fine for beginners. (e.g. Canon G15, Nikon P330 or P7800 or something similar).
lenses - the
selection is broad but at least 2 zoom lenses are recommended, one wide
angle and one medium to long telephoto, which should preferably have
some form of image stabilisation.
- An off camera flash.
laptop computer (and a
will have trial copies of Photoshop and Lightroom at the workshop and also free
versions of various other programs available to load onto your computer. We will do the image analysis in Lightroom 5.2.
memory card reader or computer cables to connect your camera to your
charger for your camera/s.
manual(s) for your camera(s).
We can recommend suitable Bed and Breakfast
venues nearby. Please let us know if you'll be needing accommodation
while you are doing the workshop. Yellowwood Cafe is just
Howick in Shafton Road off the Karkloof Road.
Our next workshop is from 6 to 9 February 2014. We can also do workshops to suit your needs. Please contact us with your requirements.
of the course:
R2 500-00 p.p. (price subject to
and includes brunch, teas and coffees.
Accommodation, drinks, evening meals and extras are for your own
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