Here are the details about my fall classes. I absolutely love teaching others to document their lives and grow in their photography skills both creatively and technically. I've taught over twenty classes now! Your big, fancy camera is a hundred times more valuable when you know how to use it to take the images you want.

 If you would like to register for any of these classes, please contact me at cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com. I'll put you on my list and tell you where to mail in your class fee.  These will be the only classes that I'll teach this fall as it is my busy season.  Class sizes are limited.

Golden Hour Class

Saturday, September 12 from 4:00-7:30 (backup- Saturday, September 19). $125.

I'm really excited to be able to squeeze in another of these classes this year.

Golden light is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in and is a favorite of photographers for good reason but it can be tricky. 

In this class we'll be covering:

  • challenges of shooting in golden light like inaccurately exposed images, positioning of people, finding spots that work well.  
  • the benefits of the golden hour: warmth, back lighting, dimension.
  • we'll shoot together for an hour in a gorgeous location using several spots to play with the light. With our models I'll talk about positioning, interaction and lighting techniques.
  • we'll go over my post processing techniques for golden hour photos in color and black and white. Clean editing can make quite a dramatic image.

I think you'll get the most out of this class if you are shooting in manual.

 

 

 

Shooting in Manual Class

Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $150. Auburn, WA.

This class is for those who have a working knowledge of the components of exposure and who are shooting in aperture priority, or manual and want to learn how to take total control of their camera. It's the follow up to my first class, Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR.  For the first hour I work through the concepts with a teaching slideshow and then we have  three hours of shooting together. Prime lens required.

We cover and practice:

  • shooting in challenging situations that are difficult to do in any other mode: low lighting, high contrast, backlighting,  moving objects at high speeds, everything in focus except for movement.

  • finding the “sweet spot” of optimal exposure to achieve your creative vision.

  • working with a model so I can talk through lighting, positioning, interacting, spacing, composition.

 

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

FIRST STEPS WITH A D-SLR.

Saturday, September 26 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. $125. Auburn, WA

This intro class is for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and most come in either shooting in auto or dabbling in other modes.

We cover:

  • how to use natural and available lighting for the best look, especially including indoor light which can be tricky.

  • how to capture genuine emotion and connections with portraiture by interacting with your subject (I have some fun tricks I’ll tell you about…nobody wants cheese!).

  • things to keep in mind when composing a shot with visual interest and balance.

  • storytelling and  details to include in your daily life.

  • the technical aspects of your camera and learn how to shoot in the different modes beyond auto.

  • the components that go into creating proper exposure and how to adjust them in a variety of settings.

  • the practical experience of shooting together with what we’ve learned and I will send you out with a sound knowledge of how to use aperture priority.

 

 

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