Beginners/Improvers Photography Course  

For beginners and experienced photographers who want to improve and take more creative pictures.

5 weekly sessions of 2 1/2 hrs each.  
Starts Thurs, 19 Feb, Tel Aviv, 10 - 12.30am

Course Topics

A brief history of photography and the camera
Understanding your camera -  essential settings  and menus 
Using the camera more creatively
Tom's B.A.S.I.C steps to taking better pictures

Pictures tell stories

The most important secret about photography is that good pictures tell a good story, and great pictures tell a great story.

Here's a rather charming picture taken in Israel by Louise Corin - it’s one of her all time favourite photos. She writes: “One weekend a few years ago, I decided to go on a photo expedition to Caesarea. It was an absolutely wonderful day with clear skies and a bright sun. I spotted these boys playing and couldn’t resist taking their photo. I loved the way the water was so clear you could see the rocks at the bottom, and the way that the boys are reflected in the water”.

Pictures tell stories

This picture captures not only the atmosphere of a summers day, but also the innocence and carefree absorption of childhood. 

Back to Basics

If you ever used a camera in the days of film you’ll remember that it was very simple to master as there were no menus and very few controls. Today’s digital cameras are extremely complicated with extensive menus, sub menus, complex settings, technical terms, multi function buttons, and plenty of modes. Many photography enthusiasts don’t feel in control of their camera and often imagine that the way to take better pictures is to understand more about its complex functions.

Getting to the point

Taking a good picture isn’t rocket science and does not require anything as mysterious as a “good eye”. It does, however, require a little understanding and practice. Here are a few tips that you might find useful:

Tip: Don’t miss the point
A common mistake snappers make is to concentrate on taking a pleasant composition and literally missing the point: Composition is a device used by photographers to capture the viewer’s eye and direct their attention to a primary focal point.

Points of view

Ask two photographers to shoot the same scene using a similar camera and you will end up with two very different pictures. One of the most rewarding aspects of photography is that every photographer has a different way of looking at the world and this shows this through their pictures.

The transition from being an enthusiastic snapper to a mature photographer is challenging, frustrating and exciting. Equipment and techniques are relatively easy to master – the difficulty is to develop a unique point of view. Only when you understand what you want your pictures to say will you be able to take them effectively.