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Cancelled Beginning Photography course Cancelled

  • 327 North 6th Street Chickasha, OK, 73018 United States (map)

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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Gina Zhidov Photography |  327 North 6th, Chickasha  | |

Earlier Event: October 12
Intermediate Photography