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Workshop documentation image by Andrey Walkling, 2019

Knowing and Loving your Digital Camera

With Les and Andrey Walkling
A 6 week introductory short course
Cancelled for 2020
6.30—9pm, Monday evenings

Memorable photographs are created, not found. Learning how your camera ‘represents the world’ and how to change its appearance through your camera’s functions and control are critically important skills. Your camera needs to become an extension of your feelings so it never gets in your way, but instead facilitates your creation of more engaging, interesting and meaningful images.

This six-week, introductory short course, team taught by Les and Andrey Walkling provides a thorough introduction to your digital camera and the ‘art of capturing what you see and feel’. Participants meet for two and a half hours each week and undertake focussed exercises (both in-class and between classes) to help you practice and consolidate your learning. Sessions 3 and 6 commence with a review of your work supported by detailed feedback on your progress. Digital SLR, advanced mirrorless cameras and all levels of experience are catered for, and the class size is limited to a maximum of fifteen people plus two instructors to maximise individual attention.

Topics include:
Session 1: Introduction. Understanding your Camera
Begin to befriend the functions and features of your digital camera, and how they affect the appearance and meaning of your images.

Session 2: Composition and Focus Exercises
This session studies composition and the art of focusing. You will understand the different focussing modes and when to use them to facilitate interesting and engaging compositions.

Session 3: Aperture and Depth of Field Exercises
This session is all about depth of field, what it is and how to creatively employ it. Different genres of photography illustrate depth of field priorities and how depth of field changes the spatial relationships in your images.

Session 4: Shutter Speed and Motion Exercises
Concentrate on capturing/expressing photographic motion and how to use shutter speed variations to prioritise motion and its descriptive effect on your images.

Session 5: Colour Balance and Perspective Exercises
This session explores colour and drawing in images, including in-camera colour balance for heightened emotional renderings, and perspective changes to clarify the look and feel of your images.

Session 6: Manual Control Exercises
Recap all of the skills from the previous sessions only now with your camera in full manual mode for the ultimate creative control of every aspect of your image creation.

There is also a course resource website, and each week Les and Andrey add additional resources (notes/videos/images) as well as emailing a detailed summary of what was covered in that class.

About Dr Les Walkling
Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les holds a special place in the history of CCP (formerly Victorian Centre for Photography), having been among a group of leading teachers and practitioners who originally established the centre in 1986. He has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and was the Program Director of Media Arts (1993 – 2005) and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Art (2006-2010) at RMIT University. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also serves on museum boards/committees of management and cultural and technical advisory groups. As an artist, his work is exhibited and represented in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years his practice has expanded to include major collaborative projects with other artists including Peter Kennedy, Polixeni Papapetrou, Peta Clancy, Siri Hayes, and Bill Henson.

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Workshop documentation image by Andrey Walkling, 2019

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