If you’ve always wanted to learn photography but don’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. Julia Cumes’ basic photography class introduces inexperienced photographers to their cameras and to the technical and creative skills photography requires. Through a combination of slide shows and demonstrations, participants will learn the basics of camera operation and imaging software to produce competent digital photographs. Subjects covered will include aperture, iso, shutter speed, focal length, composition and post-production image toning. Assignments will offer participants the opportunity to explore their cameras and practice the techniques and approaches they learn during the workshop sessions. Access to a digital SLR camera and computer are required.
INTRO TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY May
with Julia Cumes
Six Tuesdays, beginning May 16
Julia Cumes is a photographer based on Cape Cod, MA. She specializes in photojournalism, environmental portraiture, travel and editorial photography as well as fine art photography. Julia was born in South Africa and moved to the United States as a 15-year-old. She first fell in love with photography as a teenager in South Africa when she began shooting black and white film and printing her own work. Since then she has completed a B.A. at Brandeis University, an M.F.A. in writing at Cornell University, a Masters in Photojournalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and has been working as a photographer ever since. Over the course of her career, Julia has photographed for a variety of newspapers, magazines, organizations and private clients. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, National Geographic, the London Times and Washington Post. She has also worked on numerous long term projects and multi media pieces around the world. Her blog, Apertures and Anecdotes features a wide range of photographs and the stories behind them. During the past three winters, she spent time teaching photography to children in Rwanda as well as to tribal Samburu Women at the On'gan Women's Cooperative in Kenya. She also teaches a variety of photography workshops and classes locally on Cape Cod and will be leading two photo expeditions through Global Photo Journeys in Kenya in 2017. She was awarded the 2015 "Art Within Reach" grant and solo show for her project "Invisible Selves: An Exploration of Female Identity and Experience" and has had a variety of other solo shows since then. "I strive to create photographs one can't turn away from--photos that are powerful and capture in a unique way this extraordinary world we live in," she says. To see Julia's more in-depth photojournalism work, please visit juliacumes.com.
For this intro to photography class you'll need a DSLR digital camera, at least one lens, a memory card (CF or SD depending on what your camera takes), access to a laptop or desktop computer and a card reader or cord that allows you to download your images. You'll also need some kind of image editing program. It's critical to bring your camera and lens(es) to the first day of class.