Learning the basics

Leslie Gabaldon

Taught by Leslie Gabaldon, a visual artist based in Miami. Lesliegabaldon.com
Leslie Gabaldon is a Venezuelan-American visual artist who works in Miami, FL. She attended The New England School of Art & Design in Boston, MA, and The Art Students League of NY. She focused her attention in new media since 1988. Her tendencies towards alternate mediums eventually lead her to embrace photography as the foundation of her work. Leslie Gabaldon is an active professional represented in Miami by Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Little River. She also founded a successful fine art photography-printing studio, Wynwood Editions.
Photo 101 is basic course; the curriculum employs demonstrations, in class exercises, and applications via photo assignments, class time outside the classroom and class critiques.
A DSRL (Digital Single Reflex Lens) camera, also known as an SRL camera. (1)
● Memory Card: Very important to have a large capacity memory card, at least 16 Gigabytes. 32 Gigs is better…2 memory cards is optimal
Laptop: if you have a laptop bring it to class so we can install software for post-production of your images. It is entirely optional but highly recommended.
● Colorful Index Cards for writing down "recipes." I call those the basic facts, formulas, and tips that you need to have handy.
● A brown bag lunch.
● Comfortable shoes and clothes.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
DURING THE COURSE OF THE 4 SESSIONS (4 SATURDAYS)
Technical
-Parts of the Camera: Shutter button, main control dial, power switch, flash, focus mode switch, lens release button, lens, mode switch, memory card slot etc. (some cameras have different parts, we will take some time to get acquainted with each camera)
-Taking pictures in manual mode: We never use the camera in the automatic mode, only in emergencies (We will talk about what is an emergency!) Reading light: Learn how to calculate and set shutter speed and F Stop Lighting
types (White Balance)
Focus and depth of field
Stopping Motion
Digital Darkroom (Photoshop / Lightroom)

Artistic
Framing
Timing (Decisive Moment) Composition
Developing the photographer’s eye
Discovering and observation Aesthetics
Learning to critique your own and the work of others

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
FIRST CLASS
Understanding the camera, its parts and functions.
Reading light: Learn how to calculate and set shutter speed and F Stop

PRACTICE TIME
Understanding the Digital Darkroom
-What is Lightroom? How to organize your images well from the begging

DEMONSTRATION TIME
Homework assignment for week 1 Online
Resources
-Tutorials and inspiration


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