PHOTO 79 — Digital Photography: Improve Your Images Using Natural Light
Together, we will learn how to use natural light to improve photos of people and of still-life compositions. Using DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, we’ll shoot outdoors to take full advantage of the scenic Stanford campus. First, we’ll watch a slideshow of professional photographers’ work for inspiration and so we can emulate some of their lighting techniques (such as using a fill card, using harsh shadows to your advantage, and shooting in the shade). Then we’ll practice those techniques by photographing our classmates and setting up our own simple still-life images. Camera basics—including which lens, f-stop, and shutter speed to choose for best results in different circumstances—will also be covered. To wind down our day, we’ll download our photos and review effective tools for editing and processing using Adobe Camera Raw. The instructor will briefly demonstrate basic retouching techniques using Adobe Photoshop. You will leave the session with improved skills for taking and editing fabulous pictures in a variety of outdoor lighting situations and more confidence in your understanding of both your camera and its settings.
This course is aimed at beginners who have some knowledge of using a "big" DSLR camera. However, it's open to students of all skill levels, from beginners who prefer to use their camera's automatic settings to experienced photographers who wish to increase their knowledge of manual settings. Students who don't have access to a DSLR camera are welcome to shoot with their mobile device; however, please note that some of the tips offered will not apply. Students should wear comfortable footwear and expect to do a moderate amount of walking.