With all of the technological advancements cameras have made over the years, why is it that still, every time we press the shutter, we’re not quite sure what it will look like on the back of our camera? Why are we still guessing with every picture we take?

The camera sees the world much differently than we do. It is not until we learn how the camera sees, and meters, the world that we can accurately and consistently predict the exposure of the image.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how the image will look on the back of our cameras before we press the shutter? Imagine the images you could create if you stopped worrying about “nailing the exposure” and started focusing on the creative aspects of image making such as composition, lighting, timing, etc. In this Workshop, you will learn how to do just that.

Topics to be covered include:
● Your world vs. the world your camera sees: Bridging the gap
● Using your Histogram quickly and effectively
● How to get accurate, predictable and consistent results. Everytime.
● Discussion of dynamic range: the real achilles heel (and blessing in disguise) of digital photography
● Metering modes: Spot, center weighted, matrix – which ones matter and when to use them
● How to use the “limitations” of your camera for creative effect – high-key/low-key, high contrast, intentionally blown out highlights, silhouettes and more
● Camera mode choice: Which camera modes to use for which situation
● Maximizing quality and extending dynamic range

About Jim Lafferty:

Jim is a NYC-based freelance photographer specializing in dance editorial, commercial fitness, beauty & fashion. He also produces personal commissions for artists and performers. His work plays with spontaneity, grounded in a rich technical literacy. He’s a regular contributor to Dance and Pointe magazines, where he captures dancing greats making the impossible look like second nature. Other projects include work with Marc Ecko, Red Bull Media, Housing Works, Google, The Brooklyn Rail, The Municipal Art Society, and IMGArtists.



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