Session one.Photography 101. Mark Woodward Photography
Who am I? • Mark Woodward Photography, freelance commercial and event photographer. • Work for whoever wants me or I want to work for. • The University, York St. John, visityork, several clients at London Fashion Week and many more. • Professional for a year and a bit now, studied last year, now full time photography.
Workshop plan! • Improve knowledge and understanding. • Teach what I’d consider the most important aspects of photography. • Movement by James College and PhotoSoc to promote Photography in the University. More sessions planned for the new year! • IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. • Have fun (maybe).
Firstly… • Join the “James College Photography Tutorial Group” on facebook! • Platform to share photos weekly, post your homework, receive feedback on your images. • My contact details are: email@example.com, on facebook at www.facebook.com/markwphoto and @markw_photo on twitter. • Next week, 5 minute photo competition!
Upcoming • 1st workshop – today. Basic introduction to photography, camera modes, equipment and techniques, a little about post production and sharing and homework…. • 2nd workshop – same time next week! Composition, ‘rules of composing pictures’, cropping, changing your viewpoint and perspective and homework again! • 3rd workshop – exposure and colour. Moving beyond automatic mode to take control of your photos. • Maybe more… if you’re lucky.
Photography Is huge. • In 2011, 2.5 billion people had some form of a digital camera. • In 2012, 70 billion photos were uploaded to facebook alone, making it the world’s largest photo library. • An old photography saying: “The best camera is the one you always have with you.” • Flickr has insightful statistics on popular cameras. • 83 million photos from iPhone 4. • Accessibility to digital photography has made photography more popular.
What makes cameras better? • VS Olympus C300 – eBay price £11.19 Nikon D4 – eBay price £3,750
What makes cameras better? Olympus C300 Nikon D4 • 15.9 million pixels • 152 lenses, ~ 100x zoom range • 11 photos per second • 3.2” screen • 35mm sensor size (5.5x bigger) • 4200 shot battery life • 1337g weight • No built in flash! • 3 million pixels • 2.8x zoom range • 1.9 photos per second • 1.8” screen • 1/2.5” sensor size • 80 shot battery life • 240g weight • Built in flash
Lenses • Between Nikon, Canon and Sigma (three main lens manufacturers), there are around 300 lenses. • Several main categories of lenses. • Two main difference: Prime and Zoom. • Focal length is measured in mm. 50mm is approximately standard human view.
Lenses • Fisheye (ultra wide angle) – 4-10mm
Lenses • Wide angle (10-20mm)
Lenses • Standard Zoom ( 20-100mm)
Lenses • Telephoto (70-200mm)
Lenses • Ultra telephoto (300mm+)
Lenses • ‘Fast’ lenses (most ranges)
Lenses • Macro lenses (50-200mm)
Lenses • Tilt shift lenses (often wide angle)
Lenses • Standardized focal length. • Measured relative to 35mm film – how pictures used to be taken. • Smaller sensors = bigger crop factors = lenses appear longer • iPhone 5 lens spec: 4.1mm. However, it uses a very small sensor, so with it’s crop factor it works out about 33mm equivalent.
Fully auto mode • Is great, in some situations, even for professionals. • Cameras are much smarter than humans unfortunately. • Controls ISO, White Balance, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Focus. • When you want more creative control over when you shoot, other more manual modes come in.
Photo sharing • As we said before, facebook is a huge platform for photo sharing. • Sadly, it doesn’t always do good photos justice. • There’s a number of really good sharing sites other than facebook. • Flickr • 500px • Tumblr • Deviantart
Image selection • The difference between professionals and normal photographers – professionals don’t show you all the bad ones. • Good photos are about quality, not quantity. • There’s very much a scale, between years as a photographer and images taken per situation. • Pick photos that you like. Cut down, if you took 6,235,832,526,245 photos, that doesn’t mean people will want to see them.
Useful stuff • The internet is a beautiful place! Go explore. • Google images for stuff you like. • 500px is fantastic. • Photobox. • www.digital-photography-school.com • photography.tutsplus.com/
Thanks for listening. • Homework! • Go find 3 images you like on google images, a particular style, viewpoint, subject, go out this week and take similar shots. Post your results on the facebook along with the original, we’ll have a look next week and I’ll pick a few I like the most (and potentially there might be a chocolate based reward). • Next week: bring your phone and make sure it’s charged and hooked up to the internet, we’re going to have a 10 minute competition half way through the session! • Any questions?