Remote Learning in the Time of a Pandemic
Our cities and lives might be in lockdown but we don’t want to stop working on our photography and videography skills. So join me for short and flexible 1-to-1 online photography classes and remote learning courses.
At the moment I am socially distancing myself and spend most of my days at home. You’re probably doing the same.
Working from home can be practical, but the prolonged social isolation is challenging, to say the least. I’ve been thinking about what I can do to help you deal with these huge pressures.
Break the creative isolation with 1-to-1 virtual photography tutorials and remote workshops!
Photography is a practical craft and I am a hands-on teacher; I prefer to practice what I preach. I like to demonstrate all the theory and techniques that we talk about and motivate you to actually do photography. But there is so much that can be taught and discussed via the internet!
There is nothing stopping us from developing your videography skills remotely, your theoretical and practical knowledge of your equipment and even doing creative exercises in your own home.
And in this current isolating climate, it’s not just practical to learn photography and videography tips online, but it’s a way to stay engaged with your hobby, and your creative outlet!
Just a few areas we can learn about remotely:
- The theory of manual photography: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, using auto-focus.
- The basic concepts of videography (frame rates, physical resolution, codecs).
- Understanding your lenses: focal length choices, depth-of-field (bokeh) and focusing.
- Your camera’s menu system.
- Customising your camera’s settings to suit the kind of photography that you are doing.
- I have a fully-prepared Adobe Lightroom workshop ready for you.
So, if you’re bored out of your wits locked-up in your home:
Improve you photography in an immersive, bespoke one-on-one environment!
There is so much we can do!
– If you’re a beginner learn to “blur the background”.
– Just grab a candle, a fairy light or a torch and we’ll play with long shutter speeds.
– Buy a cheap set of macro (close up) filters on eBay, turn on your table lamp and we’ll have fun doing macro photography.
– If you’re advanced, learn about and try out various metering techniques from matrix to spot metering.
– Let’s talk about the medium grey and experiment with over- and underexposure.
– If you’re a photographer, let’s come to grips with the histogram. If you’re a videographer, let’s talk about the waveform monitor.
– If you’re thinking about upgrading your kit or investing perhaps in a mirrorless Sony, Fujifilm or Lumix system, let’s discuss all their pros and cons.
– If you’re using a Canon or Nikon DSLR, let’s talk about your next lens.
The limit is really only our imagination.
What software can I use for remote learning?
- Zoom is the best alternative. Apart from making a video call it allows for seamless screen sharing and encrypted remote access.
- Google Hangouts
How do I book?
- just call or drop me an email
- all we need to do is find a time slot when we are both available
What is the cost?
- starting at £39/hour
- minimum 1 hour
- after the first hour there is a grace period of 15 minutes before the new hour is billed
Get in touch and let’s discuss what it is exactly that you’d like to achieve. I’ll come up with a lesson plan!
And do you know what’s best about all of this?
A huge advantage of remote sessions is that we can work at your own pace.
We can work for an hour or two, discuss, try things out, experiment. At the end of the session I can give you homework that you can complete on your own. Whenever you’re ready, we get online, look at your work, analyse it and carry on learning.
You only pay for the time that we actually spend working together.
I can also help you or your children with photography GCSEs or course assignments.
Or with just breaking the boredom and stress of self-isolation.
If you need help installing Zoom, watch the video below.