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HCC Training Syllabus


The course is split into 5 sessions each building on the previous one. Each session will progress at the speed of the slowest and most inexperienced attendee. It is possible that the first two sessions may be amalgamated depending upon progress within the first session.

The course is designed to take the “Happy Snapper” off the Auto settings and take control of the camera to match the various scenarios that we all encounter. The course will guide attendees in the art of good composition techniques and why and how to process your images once taken. It will also highlight important dos and don’ts of photography and some common pitfalls which spoil our images.

Notes will be emailed to attendees after each session although note taking is encouraged to supplement these.

12 October - Session 1

will cover
  • What makes a good photographer and how to become one
  • The strengths, weaknesses, and capability of the various types of camera
  • The main components of the camera and how they affect images. This will cover aperture and an explanation into its derivation, lens focal length and perspective, and why it’s necessary to post process our images.
  • The importance of matching lenses to sensors
  • Essential equipment and caring for our camera gear

26 October - Session 2

will cover:
  • Why we shouldn’t be afraid of moving away from the Auto setting
  • The 100 to 150 camera controls on the average camera, what they do and when to use them
  • Image noise and how to prevent it and what to do if you experience it
  • Histograms and how to use them
  • Focusing and metering

9 November - Session 3

will cover:
  • Why you should shoot RAW rather than JPEG images
  • Image processing
  • Colour Space
  • A simple workflow
  • Post possessing pitfalls
  • Post processing demonstration

23 November - Session 4

will cover:
  • Composition Rules
  • Portrait photography
  • Landscape Photography
  • Wildlife photography

14 December - Session 5

will cover:
  • Your rights as a photographer
  • Preparing images for competitions
  • Anything photographic that the attendees would like to be covered but not included in the above