Wednesday, March 11, 2020

NECCC Pre-Conference Workshop #10 - Camera and Photo Basics: Mode, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Composition

Please notify your members that we have created a special pre-conference workshop for beginners this year. You can read more about it here:

Remind them that as part of the conference registration process, attendees can select an optional pre-conference workshop. Workshop class sizes are limited, so early registration is recommended.

NECCC Photography Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop

Are you new to photography?
Do you want to take better photos?

Now is the time move beyond your camera’s “auto” setting 
and create photos that look the way you want them to!

Hands-on Workshop
A new learning style
Camera skills
Multiple mini-sessions with instruction and hands-on practice. Everyone will go away with an understanding of how to create better photos.
Often, “basics” workshops focus on the camera buttons and not the goal of capturing better photos. Instead, this workshop focuses on capturing better photos in everyday situations.

Along the way, you will learn a lot about your camera settings and how to better leverage camera capabilities to create better results.

Situations and photo styles we will practice in this workshop 
lead by Chane Cullens

Landscape Photos   -   Focusing
  • Choosing what should be in focus and how much should be in focus
  • Focus point selection – where is the sharpest spot
  • Focus range (aperture) – how much should be in focus
  • Avoid camera shake – holding your camera steady
  • Directing your viewers – using composition techniques
Action Photos   -   Motion
  • Deciding to freeze or blur the action
  • Capturing motion (shutter speed) – putting you in control of the look
  • Focus tracking – letting your camera change focus as the subject moves
  • Leaving room ahead of the motion – using composition techniques
  • Drive mode – high-speed continuous shooting
Family Photos   -   Lighting
  • Where lighting is often poor and eliminating distractions in your photo is key for moving the result from OK to great
  • Lighting options – metering mode, exposure compensation, altering light sources – what should be dark (underexposed) or bright (overexposed)
  • Light sensitivity (ISO) – adding light by changing camera settings
  • Perspective – changing your point of view to improve results
  • Arranging people – subtle changes to improve composition
Camera Smarts   -   Intelligence
  • Using the built-in intelligent camera modes
  • Auto (A) – guarantees a great exposure, not necessarily a great photo
  • Portrait – blurs the background to make the subject stand out
  • Landscape – everything in focus from near to far
  • Close-up – make small things, appear large
  • Sports – for a moving subject, a running person or from a moving car
  • P – Program – like Auto, except the flash does not pop-up
New England’s Top Photography Conference --75th NECCC Photography Conference
July 17-19 2020 Amherst, MA     -----     Register at
Limited Capacity - Register Early for Pre-Conference Workshops

Rhonda Cullens, MNEC
NECCC VP of Publicity