The Mango Lab
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Learn the basics of photography principles and techniques in express time!
Taking pictures but struggling to understand why you’re not getting what you want? Your owner’s manual reads like a foreign textbook?
Learn photographic terminology which will give meaning to terms such as
- shutter speed
- white balance
- depth of field
- focal length
- jpeg and raw files, resolution
- and more...
With definitions understood, the course moves around each of these technical terms and employs practical exercises to explore the successful use of them. At the end of 4 weeks (or 4 sessions) you will know where to find and how to use your camera’s settings for creative effect. And you will have a collection of your own short photography projects to prove it!
Location: Week 1 & 4 at our Covent Garden location; Weeks 2 & 3 will have us heading out together to nearby locations and possibly, depending on the group, we may decide together to meet for one of the week elsewhere, at a different central London location near to easily accessible tubes, based on common interests.
Who is this course for?
Beginners to Beginners Plus:
You may be a complete beginner in photography, or need a refresher or want to up-skill to learn to be more effective with a higher "hit rate" in your image creation.
You might be in a business which needs images, but you can't quite get the focus or clarity or exposure right. You might be in a marketing role and/or in charge of images and/or social media but need help working out what makes a strong image, or why one photo works and the other doesn't. Knowledge of both camera and photography will give you the edge when creating, selecting or requesting imagery.
You may want to add our Photoshop course - so you know how to prepare and resize images for upload (Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, etc), create banner ads for web advertising, set up Photoshop templates for others to rework monthly or weekly, or prepare online or print materials.
We have loan cameras (Nikon and Canon DSLRs) available for each session. Please let us know and we will reserve one for you (free of charge).
Or bring your own digital camera, ideally with the following exposure modes (usually the top dial on your camera): M, Tv or S, Av or A, P. But bring whatever camera you have!
Remember to charge the battery and bring the camera memory card.
For Session 4, please bring a USB stick as this session includes an introduction to Image editing - suggested space 8GB on your usb, to take any edited away images with you with /to copy across and take all your images if you borrow a camera from us.
- writer (e.g. who needs to add images to their stories)
- marketing role
- social media manager
- image content manager
- tour guide
- travel industry
- and many more!
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