Classes

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Digital Photography 3: What's the Plan? From Concept to Final Image.
In this class we will look at the steps that go into a successful shoot. Step 1: Research subject and or location. Step 2: Creating a Mood Board. Step 3: Packing the camera bag. Step 4: Assessing the location. Step 5: Making the photos while anticipating the final outcome. Step 6: Post-Processing. Step 7: Final output.

You should have a good understanding of your camera gear including camera, lenses, tripods and other accessories. You should also be familiar with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for post-processing. The first class planning strategy topic is Student Portrait. Each subsequent scenario will be determined by class. 

WEEK 1
We will be creating Student Portraits in and around campus. Starting with Step 1 from above and working all the way through Step 6 and discuss Step 7. We will also be choosing scenario for next class. 
Homework Assignment: Complete the post-processing and have ready to give final image(s) to student. 

WEEK 2
We will be creating photos based on classes choice for next scenario. Starting with Step 1 from above and working all the way through Step 6 and discuss Step 7. We will also be choosing scenario for next class. 
Homework Assignment: Complete the post-processing and have ready to give final image(s) to student. 
WEEK 3
We will be creating photos based on classes choice for next scenario. Starting with Step 1 from above and working all the way through Step 6 and discuss Step 7. We will also be choosing scenario for next class. 
Homework Assignment: Complete the post-processing and have ready to give final image(s) to student. 
WEEK 4
We will be creating photos based on classes choice for next scenario. Starting with Step 1 from above and working all the way through Step 6 and discuss Step 7. We will also be choosing scenario for next class. 
Homework Assignment: Gather all final images from previous weeks to present on Week 5.
WEEK 5
We will be evaluating and critiquing the process and photos from previous scenarios. We will also present several scenarios to practice going forward.
Supplemental Material (PDFs)
This area will have PDF files that you can download for each class and keep for future reference. Please note that PDF files may be updated as needed.
Useful Links
Canon - Link to Canon's camera manual page.
Nikon - Link to Nikon's camera manual page.
Sony - Link to Sony's camera manual page.
Lens Simulator (NikonUSA) - You can simulate images shot with various combinations of lenses, ranging from wide-angle to telephoto, and cameras, in different formats. Image varies with the value of the focal length. This is useful as lens configurations are similar for other camera manufacturers.
Backup Solutions
Carbon Copy Cloner - Backup software for MacOS. Simple. Customizable. Reliable. This is to be used for onsite backup from one drive to another. 
Backblaze - World's easiest cloud backup for MacOS and Windows. Peace of mind. Period.
Organizations & Clubs
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) - If you want to be the best photographer you can be, you belong here. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve owned your photography business for years, PPA can help. Join a community that understands your goals and challenges and meet colleagues who want to see you succeed. We have a passion for helping photographers grow their practices, exceed customer expectations and push the artistic envelope. We are a source for inspiration, protection, community and education.

Florida Professional Photographers (FPP) - The FPP exists solely for the good of its members. The association provides the tools and educational opportunities for its members to achieve their business and artistic goals. It is committed to an ongoing exchange of information and experiences among all members in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Bay Professional Photographers Association (BPPA) - BPPA provides an opportunity for photographers to come together to exchange ideas and information and encourage each other to become better at their craft. The association allows photographers to improve their skills by presenting photographic programs and holding print competitions. The association also provides the benefit of networking with other photographers for business and social interaction.

Lakewood Ranch Camera Club - The aim of the Club is to promote growth in members appreciation and skill in making digital photographs and videos through education in both the science and art of photography and videography. Monthly meetings are designed and offered for all levels of photographic understanding from beginner through professional. Special interest Workshops and educational classes are provided to both beginning and advanced photographers. Visitors and guests are welcome at all monthly meetings.

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) - The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is a nonprofit membership association that helps North America-based nature photographers at all levels of experience grow as artists, citizen scientists, and entrepreneurs through education, networking, and advocacy. Together with our members, we advance conservation and foster ethical field practices for the long-term benefit of all.
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