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Back To Basics Manual Film Camera Field Day  ( 1 day )   $880

Group size: 5~6        Start time: 09:00    Finish time:  18:00

This practical hands-on one day workshop will introduce you to the bare-bones basics of photography.

We will meet at a designated indoor location with drinks at 09:00.  I will lend you a classic film camera from 1961 for the day.  It needs no batteries to function.  The hiring fee for the camera and the first two rolls of film are included in the workshop fee.  I will show you how the camera works and how to load the film.

With loaded film, we'll go outside and shoot photos of Hong Kong scenery and each other, carefully, one by one.  Unlike a digital camera that encourages a "shoot first, ask questions later" mindset, the mechanical manual film camera will require us to carefully consider every shot before we squeeze the shutter release.  We'll work out what camera settings we need.  We'll use a hand-held light meter to measure the light for every shot.  We'll consider the composition carefully, and we'll work out what the focus distance should be.  Once you squeeze the shutter release to take a shot, it's all over for that photo - we then immediately move on to work out what the next shot will be, and what settings it will require.

Two rolls of film later, we'll put the films in for processing and then go to lunch together.  Over lunch, we'll talk casually about photography and other things.  After lunch, we'll pick up the printed photos from the lab and discuss the results of the morning's shooting experience.

You'll also purchase two more rolls of film from the lab (or as many as you like) and then we go out for another couple of hours of shooting Hong Kong scenery and each other.  This time you'll be flying solo, with me to answer your questions, rather than me to guide you every step of the way.

We'll also visit some second-hand camera shops during the afternoon's walking route so you can become more familiar with the many types of vintage film camera.

We'll sit down for a drink at about 5:00pm and have a final Q&A session until 6:00pm.  After the workshop, you can get your afternoon's films processed at your leisure by any photo shop that's convenient to you.

You will gain from this workshop a practical knowledge of:

1. How to use a manual film camera

2. How to use a hand-held light meter

3. How to choose the right film for your needs

4. How to work out the correct settings for the camera before each shot

5. What the true essence and basics of photography really are


Comprehensive Photography Workshop  ( 3 days + 1 evening )

Group size: 6~8        Start time: 09:00    Finish time:  19:00

This photography workshop is designed for beginners and advanced amateurs.  Don't worry if you've only ever used your camera in the fully automatic mode!  That's one of  the purposes of this course, to teach you how and why and when to use the "other" modes on the camera, besides the green "idiot" mode, so you can have some degree of creative control over the result.

In three days and one evening, I'll teach you all the most important basics of good photography.  You'll learn how your camera works, what all those buttons, dials and menus are for, and how to use your camera like a professional.

The basics apply equally well to both film and digital cameras, so it doesn't matter what kind of camera you bring to the class, as long as your camera has some degree of manual control over the aperture and shutter.

Even if you've attended photography lessons and classes before, I promise that you'll learn something new in this workshop.  This is the most established photography class in Hong Kong, operating since 2002 with hundreds of happy graduates.

Here is a brief rundown of the course content:

1.  Terminology.  2.  Lenses.  3.  Exposure.  4.  Exposure errors  5.  Handling contrast.  6.  Sharpness & depth of field.   7.  Colour balance    8.  Composition & framing.  9.  Lighting.  10.  Flash exposure.  11.  Portrait lighting with flash.

There's a lot of hands-on practical during this workshop, so you'll genuinely develop real skill.  I won't let the information just go in one ear and out the other!!  I'll make sure you really do know how to operate your camera correctly, and how to improve the "look" of your photos.


Digital Camera Class   ( 3 hours in 1 evening )   $3,000  ($1,000 per hour)

( Available as a private lesson only.  Schedules by ad hoc arrangement. )

This three hour photography class teaches you how to operate your digital camera correctly.  There are many things that one can get wrong when using a digital camera, and those errors will result in a disappointing image quality.  You'll learn a useful checklist of items to confirm each time you take your digital camera out of the bag to use it, thus avoiding the embarrassment of ruined images.

Here is a brief rundown of the course content:

1.  Theory of operation for digital cameras.  2.  White Balance.  3.  ISO.  4.  Exposure & the histogram.   5.  Resolution & Image Size


Photoshop Class     ( 3 hours in 1 evening )      $3,000  ($1,000 per hour)

( Available as a private lesson only. Schedules by ad hoc arrangement. )

(Students must bring their own laptop with Photoshop software installed)

This three hour photography lesson teaches you how to adjust, straighten and touch up your photos in Adobe Photoshop software.  Students must bring their own laptop computer with Photoshop installed.  Students who book this class as a private one-on-one lesson are welcome to use the studio's workstation.

You'll learn the basic workflow for correcting contrast, brightness, and colour.  You'll learn how to straighten and crop images.  You'll learn how to remove blemishes, wrinkles and other unwanted distractions from an image.

These Photoshop skills are what you need in order to bring out the best in your digital images so that they really shine and impress.  Most images direct from a digital camera look a bit dull and flat.  But with a few tweaks in Photoshop they'll look like you expected them to in the first place.  These are the skills of the so-called "digital darkroom" that now supplants the traditional wet chemical darkroom.



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