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Learn the art of photography

Photographer Robert Gardiner will be offernig his expertise to Heathcote residents at a series of photography classes.

January 8, 2014 4:33am

Budding photographers are encouraged to attend a series of four short photography courses at Heathcote Community House next month.

Participants will be helped to choose and use a camera that suits their needs.

Instructor Robert Gardiner has been taking photographs since he was 10 and recently returned from a three-week marine diving and photography assignment in Papua New Guinea.

He has recently moved to Heathcote and works as a professional environmental scientist.

The sessions will run on a progressive basis and will cover the following subjects:

Photography basics: introduction to better pictures — 90 minutes. How a camera works, how to frame, focus and use the flash. No more excuses for cutting off people’s heads, being out of focus or blurred and black silhouettes.

Photography techniques: part two — 90 minutes. Discussing both film and digital cameras, this session examines how a camera captures an image and looks at apertures, shutter speeds and focusing, as well as tripods, flashes and different lenses.

Challenging photographic subjects: for boffins — 120 minutes. Working with people and animals — how to take portraits and pictures of running dogs, flying and perched birds and people in both bright and dark surroundings.

Underwater photography — 90 minutes. Experience wet photography at Heathcote pool. Cameras will be provided. This session covers choice of cameras – film or digital or movie; alternative techniques for action pictures and a quick introduction to Go-Pro photography. Participants do not need to be able to swim; the session will be conducted in the shallow end.

Sessions will start at 5.30pm each Monday from February 3 until February 24.

The cost is $5 for a single session or $15 for all four. The money will be donated to charity.

For further details, contact Heathcote Community House on 54310930

Selected images from the course will feature in the McIvor Times in March.

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