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Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR.


PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LIFE:

Photographing Your Life: First Steps with a D-SLR.

4 hour class. Email me for more information about dates and registration. cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

This class is for people who want to learn how to use their camera and people usually 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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Shooting in Manual


Shooting in Manual


Shooting in Manual Class

4 hour class. Email me for more information about dates and registration. cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

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.

We cover and practice:

  • shooting in challenging situations that are difficult to do in any other mode: low lighting, high contrast, backlighting, silhouettes, 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.

 

 



 

Golden Hour Class


Golden Hour Class


Golden Light Class

4 hour class. Email me for more information about dates and registration. cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

Golden light is absolutely gorgeous to shoot in and is a favorite of photographers for good reason. 

In this class we cover:

  • 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.

Looking for Light and Locations Class


Looking for Light and Locations Class


Looking for Light and Locations Class

4 hour class. Email me for more information about dates and registration. cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

All light is not created equal! We are going to  look for the light that will illuminate our subjects for the vision that we have.  We'll also be hunting down locations that add to the composition and visual interest to take portraits to the next level.I'll be teaching this class in an urban environment with a wide span of options for shooting as well as in a natural environment at a local park.

In this class we will be covering:

  • how to find spaces with great light for subjects, even on days which can be grey and overcast.  Natural reflectors and open space are so important!
  • how to look for great places to compose shots with visual interest (framing, rule of thirds, symmetry, leading lines, negative space, using depth of field).
  • positioning and engaging with subjects in a variety of settings....no one wants to look awkward, starchy or super posed.

 

 

Family Photography


Family Photography


Family Photography Class

4 hour class. Email me for more information about dates and registration. cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

Family photography is so rewarding but can be challenging!  Nobody wants stiff and stressful family portraits and as a photographer, you can set the tone and have  plans to engage with a variety of families to capture their relationships.This class is for people who want to learn how to engage with a variety of families to capture their relationships.  Light and love is where it's at!

In this class we will:

  • talk about solutions for challenges with family photography including: working with different ages, making photos fun and engaging, being flexible and making connections, what to do when things go sideways.

  • shoot 3 different family mini sessions with varying ages and dynamics.

  • share how I think through and approach a session from beginning to end. A game plan helps a ton and there's a reason why I shoot in the pattern that I do.

 

 

 

 

Editing in Lightroom


Editing in Lightroom


Editing in Lightroom

 

4 hour class. Email me for more information about dates and registration. cassandra@cassandrahamiltonphotography.com

Lightroom has some amazing tools to bring your photos to life.

In this class we will:

  • Learn about the tools in the library and develop modules.

  • Create consistent, clean images.

  • Develop a workflow that will speed up your editing process.

  • Not software installation or computer configuration support.

 

 

 

 

Photography Mentoring


Though I teach a variety of classes, I'm very excited to offer a new opportunity that can be catered to the specific needs of a photographer.  If you feel like you have questions, want to shoot or edit together, or need a fresh perspective, let me know.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW     $195

Sometimes it’s easy to have a muddy view of our own work. I’d love to be a fresh set of eyes to evaluate your work and affirm the great things and also offer ideas for growth.

Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

45 minute conference (by phone or in person)  to discuss images/website and answer questions.

 

LET’S SHOOT TOGETHER    75 MINUTES    $250

I have a lot of experience shooting in a variety of locations with  different types of people and varying light and weather conditions. I’d love to shoot with you and give suggestions on all those things. You get to customize what would be the most helpful.

You choose the location (your home, a park, an urban location, the beach).

You choose the subject ( your kids, a friend, nature).

You choose what you want practice with shooting (looking for light, backlight, engaging with your subjects, positioning, composition ideas).

 

MENTORING

I’d love to be able to be a resource for any questions that you have. You get to prioritize what you’d like to talk about or learn.

Here are some ideas:

We can shoot together to work on any skill you’d like help with.

Editing and workflow- we can talk about how to get the look you want or  I can edit one or more of your images in Lightroom.

Challenges with working with subjects or clients, or your kids!

What lenses will help you achieve the “look” you are going for.

What gear and lenses will help you achieve your photography vision.

Challenges with locations and  lighting.

Places you feel stuck with shooting or editing or printing.

Business questions: marketing to desired clients, pricing appropriately.

First steps in setting up a business.

Balancing time with family and business and structuring your time.

Anything else that you can think of…...

TWO OPTIONS:

1.ONE TIME TOGETHER {$195}  90 MINUTES

We will discuss your style and vision and goals. Then you will prioritize what you’d like to talk and learn about for our time together. We’ll make a list beforehand so that once we meet up, we’ll both be ready to dive in and cover some ground. (This could include up to 30 minutes of shooting together).

2.MORE TIME TOGETHER {$425}

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

AND

   TWO 90 MINUTE SESSIONS.

We’ll discuss your style and vision and goals and then dig into the things that matter most to you.  You will have an opportunity to prioritize what you want to learn and talk about. (No limitations of how much of these sessions you would like to spend shooting together).    

Photography Mentoring


Though I teach a variety of classes, I'm very excited to offer a new opportunity that can be catered to the specific needs of a photographer.  If you feel like you have questions, want to shoot or edit together, or need a fresh perspective, let me know.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW     $195

Sometimes it’s easy to have a muddy view of our own work. I’d love to be a fresh set of eyes to evaluate your work and affirm the great things and also offer ideas for growth.

Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

45 minute conference (by phone or in person)  to discuss images/website and answer questions.

 

LET’S SHOOT TOGETHER    75 MINUTES    $250

I have a lot of experience shooting in a variety of locations with  different types of people and varying light and weather conditions. I’d love to shoot with you and give suggestions on all those things. You get to customize what would be the most helpful.

You choose the location (your home, a park, an urban location, the beach).

You choose the subject ( your kids, a friend, nature).

You choose what you want practice with shooting (looking for light, backlight, engaging with your subjects, positioning, composition ideas).

 

MENTORING

I’d love to be able to be a resource for any questions that you have. You get to prioritize what you’d like to talk about or learn.

Here are some ideas:

We can shoot together to work on any skill you’d like help with.

Editing and workflow- we can talk about how to get the look you want or  I can edit one or more of your images in Lightroom.

Challenges with working with subjects or clients, or your kids!

What lenses will help you achieve the “look” you are going for.

What gear and lenses will help you achieve your photography vision.

Challenges with locations and  lighting.

Places you feel stuck with shooting or editing or printing.

Business questions: marketing to desired clients, pricing appropriately.

First steps in setting up a business.

Balancing time with family and business and structuring your time.

Anything else that you can think of…...

TWO OPTIONS:

1.ONE TIME TOGETHER {$195}  90 MINUTES

We will discuss your style and vision and goals. Then you will prioritize what you’d like to talk and learn about for our time together. We’ll make a list beforehand so that once we meet up, we’ll both be ready to dive in and cover some ground. (This could include up to 30 minutes of shooting together).

2.MORE TIME TOGETHER {$425}

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

AND

   TWO 90 MINUTE SESSIONS.

We’ll discuss your style and vision and goals and then dig into the things that matter most to you.  You will have an opportunity to prioritize what you want to learn and talk about. (No limitations of how much of these sessions you would like to spend shooting together).    

PORTFOLIO REVIEW     $195

Sometimes it’s easy to have a muddy view of our own work. I’d love to be a fresh set of eyes to evaluate your work and affirm the great things and also offer ideas for growth.

  • Critique of  30 images OR 20 images plus website review (overall impressions of visual impact, variety, navigation and content). For the critique of images, I'll be giving feedback on emotion and connection, body language, lighting, composition, variety, editing.  I'll write you brief notes of my observations of positive qualities and ideas for growth to strengthen your image's visual impact.

  • 45 minute conference (by phone or in person)  to discuss images and areas to focus on as you compose, shoot and edit. I'd love to help push your images to the next level!

 

LET’S SHOOT TOGETHER    75 MINUTES    $250

I have a lot of experience shooting in a variety of locations with  different types of people and varying light and weather conditions. I’d love to shoot with you and give suggestions on all those things. You get to customize what would be the most helpful.

  • You choose the location (your home, a park, an urban location, the beach).

  • You choose the subject ( your kids, a friend, nature).

  • You choose what you want practice with shooting (looking for light, backlight, engaging with your subjects, positioning, composition ideas).

 

MENTORING

I’d love to be able to be a resource for any questions that you have. You get to prioritize what you’d like to talk about or learn.

Here are some ideas:

We can shoot together to work on any skill you’d like help with.

Editing and workflow- we can talk about how to get the look you want or  I can edit one or more of your images in Lightroom.

Challenges with working with subjects or clients, or your kids!

What lenses will help you achieve the “look” you are going for.

What gear and lenses will help you achieve your photography vision.

Challenges with locations and  lighting.

Places you feel stuck with shooting or editing or printing.

Business questions: marketing to desired clients, pricing appropriately.

First steps in setting up a business.

Balancing time with family and business and structuring your time.

Anything else that you can think of…...

TWO OPTIONS:

1.ONE TIME TOGETHER {$195}  90 MINUTES

We will discuss your style and vision and goals. Then you will prioritize what you’d like to talk and learn about for our time together. We’ll make a list beforehand so that once we meet up, we’ll both be ready to dive in and cover some ground. (This could include up to 30 minutes of shooting together).

2.MORE TIME TOGETHER {$425}

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

  • Critique of 20 images plus website review OR 30 images.

  • 1 page of my notes and observations of strengths as well as things to consider.

AND

   TWO 90 MINUTE SESSIONS.

We’ll discuss your style and vision and goals and then dig into the things that matter most to you.  You will have an opportunity to prioritize what you want to learn and talk about. (No limitations of how much of these sessions you would like to spend shooting together).