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Whether you want to begin from scratch or refine your skills as an intermediate enthusiast, there are multiple options for you when deciding who you want as a photography teacher. There’s no need to feel intimidated when deciding to learn entry-level photography with limited prior knowledge. No matter the age, experience or skill level, Superprof ensures that there is a range of passionate photographer tutors to mentor you through the early stages of your photography journey without the worry of a steep learning curve. Our tutors will be able to offer a range of theory-based lessons combined with hands-on practical exercises suited to your pace of learning.
First-time learners may be introduced to the basics of photography such as:
Aperture: Refers to the hole size of the lens that light passes through - the wider the aperture, the more light can pass through the lens. A higher aperture setting is great for low-light situations.
Shutter Speed: The length of time, the camera’s digital sensor is exposed to light. Faster shutter speed prevents motion blur and can capture subjects quickly (i.e. athletes, cars, moving objects), while slower shutter speed can create intentional motion blur and may be suited for evening/more experimental photography.
ISO: The ISO level on your camera determines your images’ overall exposure - however, the greater the exposure the worse the image quality becomes (may increase the amount of digital noise or grain in the image). Your ISO level is greatly determined by what light setting you are shooting in.
The Rule of Thirds: This rule focuses on dividing the frame into thirds and then using these sectors as a rough guide for arranging the subjects you are capturing. It’s a simple rule that helps establish an overall well-rounded composition (helps with symmetry, asymmetry, balance, scale, etc.)
These basic skills will help amateur photographers hone their skill-set - leaving more room for creativity and fun. Conversely, experienced photographers seeking additional lessons via Superprof can rest assured that many of our teachers have years of real-world experience. This may be valuable for intermediate photographers who wish to expand their scope of knowledge within the context of an industry scenario. The type of lessons you wish to take part in will depend on your personal goals as a photographer and where you would like to take your acquired expertise. Many tutors will establish a dedicated lesson plan to suit your needs in this regard.
No matter your daily routine, Superprof photography lessons can be arranged to work around your ever-changing lifestyle. This means that even if your schedule is packed to the brim, most tutors will be willing to adjust their timetable or teaching arrangements. For example, if you are unable to travel to the tutor’s location, many will be willing to come to you (additional travel costs may apply), meet at a public location for a hands-on outdoor experience, or even go through the lesson via webcam (i.e. Skype). This flexibility ensures you can maximise your proficiency in photography on a regular basis, thus making the most of your creative potential. Furthermore, our tutors' rates vary so that even those with a smaller budget can still benefit from a personalised learning experience.
When exploring the world of photography, you may find you have a preference for the type of photographs you would like to specialise in. That being said, you should not feel restricted to one type, however, it certainly helps to know what each one involves as well as the challenges that may arise when shooting.
Portrait Photography: Portrait photography should establish an authentic connection with the subject - it should focus on (but is certainly not restricted to) the face and overall expression/mood of the subject and how they are presented to the viewer.
Landscape Photography: Great landscape photography should embody the overall environment in which the photographer shot. Whether it’s a large endless vista or a quiet suburban street, a landscape photograph should capture the subtleties of your surroundings. This, however, may require a keen eye for detail as many landscape photographs are often dependent on weather and lighting conditions.
Wildlife Photography: Whilst challenging due to the sheer amount of patience it requires, wildlife photography can be particularly rewarding as it provides both artistic and scientific merit. The goal should be to capture non-domesticated creatures in their own environment in a candid and non-intrusive manner.
For those wondering where their gained knowledge of photography can take them, there are a broad variety of jobs within Australia that are open to those with the appropriate level of skill & expertise. Once you have the confidence, knowledge, and above all else experience, you may want to pursue a career in the following types of photography disciplines:
Photojournalism: You may be involved in taking photographs for sports events, current affairs or political events/movements. Within this role, your photographs should ultimately sell a news story and provide context to whatever event or story is being talked about within the media.
Commercial Photographer: Here, you may be assigned to work with certain commercial brands and take photographs of food, fashion models, sports, new trends or new tech products coming to the Australian market. You will most likely be required to work in a studio setting, however this is subject to the client’s brief.
Scientific Photographer: Often partnered with government departments, universities or research facilities. Scientific photographers are tasked with photographing subject material in order to provide scientific evidence & data for people to analyse. This type of photography may involve slightly more intricate high-speed or infrared methods.
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