I once spent some time with a very accomplished professional photographer who was in Ansel Adam’s photography home group back in the day. He told me something very shocking about Ansel’s philosophy of getting the “magic shot.” Just shoot, shoot, shoot. It will come. I couldn’t believe it. This is coming from not just one of the worlds most respected photographers, but the one who invented what we know as THE ZONE SYSTEM. Most universities teach Ansel’s system religiously as a standard of where to start in the world of photography.
With the influx and availability of digital camera’s and media, the problem certainly hasn’t been one of shoot, shoot, shoot, but one of edit, edit, edit. And honestly, in the digital world, it’s our biggest enemy. Overshooting that is. At some point, we all approach a threshold where we long again for the art and simplicity of photography. The balance remains in the approach. Knowing when to let the shutter loose to sing, and when to move on and find inspiration elsewhere.
This Summer the pre-teens at UCSD will be jumping in the mix to learn about digital photography from a technical, yet highly artistic perspective. All the basics of camera functionality will be covered, along with incorporating lighting, exposure and aperture to create both fun and professional images.
The photographic experience only starts while looking through the lens. As the photographers of old used to say, the darkroom is 80% of an image. Well, in this world, the digital darkroom (photoshop) is about 95% of making great imagery. We will learn all of the foundational principles in Photoshop that into creating great images. Subjects covered will be using layers, adjusting levels for exposure compensation, and yes — removing all the little annoyances such as blemishes and red eye.
There’s plenty to cover, and the kids will have a blast while exploring their creativity and leveraging all the technical tools available to make images into the “magic shot” that all photographers, in every generation dream of.
Check out all the great summer day and residential sleepaway summer camps at UC San Diego!
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by Chris Owen (http://chrisowen.com)
In July of 2006 I spent two weeks at the Digital Media Academy immersing myself in the world of digital photography and Photoshop. Since Photoshop was not the most intuitive software to me, I was glad for the hands on training to get a handle on the basic and more advanced editing tools that it provides. The instructor knew his stuff! He was able to show us how to achieve the same result using at least three different methods and explain which method he thought was best which helped me grasp just how much Photoshop had to offer. It felt like drinking from a fire hose at times! However by the end of the week, everything would start to come together and it was amazing to see how much I had learned in such a short time.
The courses were a great combination of out in the field shooting and in the classroom learning Photoshop. I learned some valuable photography skills that helped me take better photos from the start and in the end saves me tons of time since getting the shot right the first time takes less time then trying to correct problems in Photoshop. The small class size made it easy to get personal time with the instructor to ask my questions and learn what I was specifically looking to learn in these courses.
After two weeks I had gone from never using Photoshop to using Photoshop to edit all of my photos. DMA’s courses allowed me to gain the skills and confidence to launch my photography business shortly thereafter. Without the DMA course I never would have gotten my business off the ground and running so quickly. Since the summer of 2006 my photography business has taken off thanks to DMA! It’s the best investment of time and money that I’ve put into my business and I recommend these courses for any aspiring photography who is looking to lauch or take their photography business to the next level.