to Dec 12

Cancelled Beginning Photography course Cancelled

ATTN: Thanksgiving holiday NO CLASS Tuesday November 21st.  This will extend 5 week schedule and final 5th class will be Tuesday December 12th.


"Throughout my years as a Photographer I have taken several Photography courses developing my skill.   I remember in the beginning really wanting to get out there and take awesome photos and let the world see WHAT I was seeing and HOW I was seeing it!  It's exciting and VERY frustrating at the same time to see a moment and not be able to capture it. This is where I hope this beginning level Photography course will help you and the other students understand how to tell your visual stories with your camera.  The course is designed to be basic and break down step by step the process on how to use your camera and how to SEE the image before you take it." - Gina Zhidov

Beginning Photography

Level 1 course

A 5 week course, once a week 2 hour class.  Limit 7 students.  $150.00

This course is for Photographers shooting in AUTO and want to learn MANUAL mode. 

Students receive a PDF course booklet and instructional handouts.   

1st week Class & Studio introduction, Student Q&A 

Meet the studio team and let us know about your photography and equipment. 

Students will be asked to fill out a questionnaire with their most need to know Photography goals.

Overview of course and how you can get the most out of this class.  

•   2nd week  PROPER EXPOSURE:    Manual Mode:   Shutter|Aperture|ISO

Shoot in Manual Mode:  your camera does not know what kind of image you are trying to create.  Shooting in Manual will allow you control and better image results. 

Proper Exposure is getting the correct amount of light using the Shutter|Aperture|ISO

1)      Shutter controls motion and ambient light

2)      Aperture controls depth of field and light

3)      ISO controls how sensitive the sensor will be to light.

•3rd week Depth of Field and walk about downtown  *venue may change due to weather and or sunset time.  

Depth of Field (DOF) is a range of distance that appears sharp.  Depth of Field is determined by 2 main things:  Aperture and focusing distance from subject.   

1)      A shallow DOF will allow a blurred background.  Smaller f-stop f 2.8 = wider aperture = more light.

2)      A deep DOF everything in the image will be sharp.  Bigger f-stop f 22= smaller aperture = less light

3)      Your focal distance and distance from subject will affect your DOF. 

4th week Beginning Composition

Knowing the elements of basic Composition will allow you to capture the essence of the image you see.  

1) Watch for distracting backgrounds | Fill the frame to avoid distracting backgrounds | move subject or your position-angle to avoid distracting backgrounds.

2) Rule of Thirds | Golden Ratio | Diagonals

3) Frame your subject to give it context, add depth and layers and lead the eye to the main focal point. 

4) Lead in Lines

5) Know your focus-Simplify. 

7) Look for Symmetry and repeating Patterns

8) Create Depth.   

5th final week  Constructive critique:  A Slideshow of the students images created throughout the course with emphasis on the positive aspects and recommendation on how to improve

Discuss “What do I do with my Photographs?”  Talk on the importance of being a Photographer, Photography creates a visual narrative, it tells a story and makes a connection.  And it documents HISTORY.  

We will watch a short Ted X video on How Photography creates connection.  

Courses are held at the Gina Zhidov Photography Studio 327 North 6th, Chickasha

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to Nov 9

Intermediate Photography

Intermediate Photography

Level 2 Course

A 5 week course, once a week 2 hour class.  Limit 7 students. $150.00

This course is for the student who is familiar with shooting in Manual mode and has some experience with the basic composition principles and would like to train their eye to see creative compositions and learn to speak Visual language. 

A continuation of the Beginning Photography course with emphasis on Composition principles, learning how to speak Visual language, Advanced Camera settings, Harnessing Natural light and basic Photoshop skills for Photographers.    

• Week 1 Composition Principles continued:  Emphasis on Why understanding Composition in Photography is Important.    

When you capture a moment, it’s not just about what you are shooting, but how you shoot it as well.  Poor composition can kill a cool subject and great composition can make a simple subject become a WOW image. 

Learning to speak Visual language:  Tell the story with light, Timing, Proportion, and Subject & Color. 

POINTS:    Simplify the scene, Fill the frame, Aspect Ratio, Avoid the middle, Leading Lines, Use Diagonals, Space to Move, Backgrounds, Creative with Colors, Breaking the RULES

Once you understand the rules, you can then start to break them. 

 • Week 2 CAMERA – Advanced Settings:  Learn your camera.  HANDS ON class.

how to adjust focal points, learning to read your camera’s internal light meter ,WB settings (auto, Daylight, Shade, Flash & Custom,) Reading your Histogram, AF MODES: (Canon -One Shot AF/AI Servo AF/Al Focus AF) (Nikon AF AREA MODES – Single Point AF, Dynamic Area AF and Auto Area AF), METERING MODES:  (Canon-Evaluative metering, Center weighted/Spot Metering/partial metering) (Nikon Metering Modes – Matrix, Center weighted and Spot) and explore Exposure Compensation in Aperture Priority.   Shooting in RAW or JPG or both and why. 


• Week 3 Photographer Johnny Trammell will demo how to create a long exposure image.  Student's will be able to participate!  

 WEEK 3  

Your first Prime lens

Do you need a telephoto lens? 

How much fun can you have with a Wide Angle Lens? 

Renting vs purchasing

Think long term, crop sensor vs full frame

And all the rest; SD cards, CF cards, AA batteries, extra camera batteries, tether cables, comfortable, reliable straps and what is best for you example Black Rapid Strap vs Spider Holster.  Choosing the best Tripod.  Choosing the best carry case.  How much gear do you really need?   

 • Week # 4 Harnessing Natural Light Field trip.  (class time may be different from scheduled, location|topic will be determined closer to class time due to weather.) 

Composition: The difference between a mundane landscape and a great landscape is often composition. Pay attention to lines, framing, suggestive forms, diagonals, s-curves, balance, rhythm and texture.

SUN light and position:   You will find that morning and evening lighting brings out rich colors and delicate shadows in your photographic subjects, whereas mid-day lighting is generally harsh and direct. For a more dramatic photograph try positioning yourself so that the sun provides side-lighting, or even back-lighting.

Learn how to get the correct exposure  in these situations.  Understand which metering mode to use and why white balance settings make a difference.

Importance of using a hood.  Depending upon if you want haze, sunbursts, and sunrays in your images using a hood is a great way to avoid sunlight spill. 

•Week # 5 Note: Final class ends at 9: 00 p.m. Photoshop basics for Photographers; Spot healing brush, effectively using the Clone tool, Select Tool/Refine Edge, Dodge & Burn, Curves and Hue/Saturation levels.  Saving your images PSD, JPG and TIFF. Intro to calibrating your monitor.   Intro to working with layers (level 3 course)

Classes are held at the Gina Zhidov Photography studio 327 North 6th, Chickasha

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Gina Zhidov Photography

327 North 6th, Chickasha 73018

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