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    A number of people who have purchased digital SLR's asked if I would teach a beginner's photography class.
    I am at a loss as to where to begin or how to even set up a lesson plan.
    Thoughts that I have had include, composition, aperature and f/stop combinations. The use of aperature and shutter priority, and how to shoot in manual mode.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Frank

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    Choice of ISO
    Choice of lens length
    use of focus points
    selective focusing
    RAW vs JPEG
    Fill flash
    Off camera flash
    Use of available light
    Using a tripod
    Dragging the shutter
    Man this could be a looooong class.

    Love the avatar Frank!

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    I've done this before and it completely 100% depends on how much time you have. Since there was a really wide variety of camera types (DSLRs, point-n-shoots, etc.), I opted to completely stay away from how "your" camera works (ie, read the manual) - and focused on
    - composition using the rule of thirds
    - avoiding "grandma at the grand canyon" shots - trying to keep your subject the focus of attention (ie, grandma is the subject, grand canyon is not)
    - using available light - don't face your subjects into the sun!!
    etc, etc.
    - when to use AV and when to use TV modes (like you mentioned)

    I used lots and lots and lots of examples (done as a powerpoint presentation) that showed what I was talking about, as well as what to avoid.

    If you can get a good idea of where these folks are in their knowledge of photography, you can get a much better sense of where to start with a lesson plan. There are also a ton of resources out there with that kind of information - Canon, for example, has great beginner info on their website, which would help you outline the class without recreating the wheel.

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

    Cheers,
    Heather

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    Oh, and also showed a slideshow at the beginning of the class... as I've seen in countless seminars and workshops :-)

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    David,
    Thanks for the feedback. It gives me some idea where to start. It might end up being more than one class.
    I'm glad you like the avatar. That is my magic promo shot. Done with LucisArt.
    I'm still working on a photographic self portrait.
    Frank

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    Default Thanks Heather

    Heather,
    Those are great suggestions. I will keep you informed as to how the classes turn out.
    Thanks.
    Frank

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    Okay, I'm going to sound really dumb, but what is AV/TV mode?
    Liz Vance, Cr. Photog, CPP
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    Aperture Priority/Shutter Priority. Two distinct settings.
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    A/V = Aperature Value
    T/V = Time value
    Thus A/V means, what f-stop (for depth of field)
    and T/V means, what shutter speed (for stop action or ambient light)
    Both can be used creatively but from what I'm hearing about CS3 you don't really need to know.

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    Oh! Duh. Okay, I'm a ditz. I've never heard them referred to that way. I've always referred to them as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority.
    Liz Vance, Cr. Photog, CPP
    oh baby photography
    bellies. babies. beautiful.
    www.ohbabyphoto.com

    A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there--even if you put them all end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity. - Robert Doisneau

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