Online Course: Tabletop Photography for Beginners
Looking back to our PHOTIGY Live handouts, I was astonished by the progress made by photographers who joined us at the beginning, without any previous experience in tabletop studio photography. The results of each assignment and critique session, followed by a demonstation of the techniques, were improving with each time. Seeing the progress and hearing feedback was the most rewarding part from the Photigy Live hangouts for us.
This is why we decided to create a series of interactive online courses, utilizing a similar approach as we had with our weekly assignments.
Why do you need it?
To get courage and knowledge to start your own studio
To feel comfortable and confident working with products of any complexity in the studio
To know how effectively and creatively use your studio equipment
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Each course will consist from series of tutorials followed by assignments where student will have to deliver the same result as was shown in the tutorial. A second part of the assignment will be a creative shot based on a learned technique.
Each assignment will be followed by a feedback/critique session (via Google + hangout or similar interface) and each video session will be recorded and shared among the group. This way students will learn from mistakes made by others.
The course is designed for five weeks and includes five lessons:
- Dark Glass (example: bottle of red wine)
- Clear glass with and w/o clear liquid (glass of water)
- White subject on a white background (“catalog-type” shots)
- Kitchenware (reflective subject like a knife)
- Shoe (textured subject)
Every lesson will consists from these steps:
- Video tutorial of the particular assignment. Tutorial will include a studio shot and a post-production part.
- Homework where students will have to repeat the same shot themselves.
- Second part of the homework will be a creative shot based on the learned technique.
- Submitted results (both, creative and original) will be reviewed and troubleshooted during the video hangout, with or without students.
How to apply?
To make this course successful, we’ll need a special students. I know how attractive free things are, and I want to make sure we will have right people on the board. Therefore, to apply for this free course you will need to create a short video covering these three topics:
- Introduce yourself.
- Describe your previous experience with Photigy tutorials, how did they work for you? What did you learn?
- Why do you need this course, how do you think it will help you?
The requirements are below. Use a form at the bottom of this page to apply for the course. Class is limited to 15 students. You will receive an invitation with further instructions if selected.
By applying to this course, each participant needs to meet these requirements:
- Have a minimum set of the equipment (explanation below)
- Commitment to take all the assignments. Student will be automatically excluded from the group after second missing assignment.
- Have hi-speed internet connection, webcam, and latest non-IE browser.
- DSLR or mirrorless camera with full manual control (exposure/focus) and external flash connectivity and RAW image shooting
- Macro or semi-macro lens (1:3 - 1:2 or higher magnification)
- Tripod and remote shutter trigger
- Minimum three continuous or strobe lights with light modifiers (softboxes and honeycomb grids or snoots). If continuous lights will be used, completely dark studio is required
- Computer with camera RAW converter and photo edition software (anything you feel comfortable working with).
All post-production tutorials we’ll provide will be Photoshop-based.
—– Course is filled, starting soon. No more applications can be submitted. ——-
Q: When will the course take place and when is the deadline for applying?
A: There is no deadline set, we’ll start as soon as I’ll get enough participants.
Q: I am not good with recording the video, but I want to join the group. Can I skip this step?
A: You have to submit the video if you want to join the course. I am putting a lot of efforts into this course and asking you to put some efforts as well. Honestly, I do not think I am asking too much in return. Update: If recording a video is completely out of reach for you, text may work.
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