A unique opportunity to learn with San Diego's renowned photography instructor in group sessions, individual sessions, and one-on-one mentoring.
Today, everyone is a photographer. We all carry iPhones or smart devices that have no trouble capturing sharp clear pictures. The average amateur will take their camera to the top of a hill and capture a picture of the beautiful scene below them. They will later show that picture to a friend while saying, “The picture doesn’t do it justice.” It is not the camera that failed the picture, but the photographer.
An accidental photographer might take 1000 images. Three of those images could be incredible. They are indeed excellent images, but the photographer does not know how they got them or how to repeat them.
Our camera is not a magic box. We need to learn to see the world the way our camera sees, so that we can use it to its best advantage. To take great pictures, we need to have a vision and know how to interpret LIGHT, COMPOSITION, and TECHNIQUE in the camera to achieve that vision. I call this being a deliberate photographer.
As a deliberate photographer, compelling images are no longer the result of a happy accident. You will have learned to manipulate your medium to create art that satisfies you and belongs to you alone.
For over ten years, people have been attending my individual workshops and learning about their camera and techniques. For people who want a complete grounding in digital photography, I am inviting you to commit 24 hours on a journey to learn or improve your digital photography skills. This is a journey we will undertake together, with group and individual instruction, exercises, and practice in the beautiful scenery of San Diego.
I have had the honor of mentoring hundreds of photographers during ten years in business running my own photography school. Whether you are a beginner or accomplished amateur, you will benefit from this course. Come and join me!
Subjects covered include:
|Getting to Know Your Camera Controls & Menus|
Understanding Light and Dynamic Range
Understanding and Mastering Exposure
Working with Lenses, Focus, and Filters
Shooting Manually and Working with Color
Capturing Landscapes & Seascapes
Using On- and Off-Camera Flash
Capturing Natural Light Portraits
Capturing Events and Fast Action
|Low Light Photography|
Post-Processing Tips & Tricks
|Organizing and Publishing Your Photos|
Understanding Light and Dynamic Range
Photography means “writing with light.” The camera is not able to see the same extended range of visible light that we see with our eyes.
In this session, we gain a thorough understanding of how to judge what light works well for the camera and how to use light to create pictures that pop. We investigate the tools within the camera that help us judge whether or not we have captured an image successfully.
Understanding and Mastering Exposure
We investigate the three well-known elements of control of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, learn how to decide on the best settings, and adjust them when the camera gets it wrong. How we use equivalent exposures is a key technique in creating images with different looks.
Working with Lenses, Focus & Filters
Focus is critical. Not only do we want to achieve a sharp, clear picture, but focus also tells the story of what the image is about. We will learn to use all the features in our camera to focus in many different situations.
Being able to change lenses on a camera brings a whole new level of creativity to our photography. We will investigate different lenses in different situations and how they can dramatically alter the look of an image.
We will discuss lenses for different sensor sizes and manufacturer, to help decide whether we have the right lens for what we like to shoot. We will also introduce filters that can be used for different effects.
Shooting Manually and Working With Color
Your camera doesn’t always get exposure correct when shooting automatically. We will learn to do our own thinking by shooting manually
Using On and Off Camera Flash
Flash is not just something you turn on to take pictures in a dark room. Flash is an amazingly creative tool when used correctly. We will learn the theory of flash and apply it in fill flash and flash lighting situations.
We will apply the techniques we have learned in specific classes and combine them with composition advice in sessions for landscapes, portraits, low light, nature, and fast-paced event shooting. These are guaranteed to be fun and take place in multiple San Diego locations.
Capture sessions are essential for reinforcing the techniques you have learned on your digital photographer’s journey, while adding knowledge specific to different types of shooting.
We will spend time investigating post-processing software and editing your pictures using professional techniques.
When you sign up for the The Digital Photographer's Journey, you will receive a detailed lesson plan of subjects to be covered. Some classes may be conducted in small groups, but many times your sessions will be spent with Mark Holmes on a one-on-one basis. Sessions take place in Balboa Park or other locations in San Diego suitable to the subject matter. Each session typically lasts two hours, after which you will be emailed course notes, a checklist of achievements, and homework to complete before our next session. The completed course lasts 24 hours and is usually spread out over 12 two-hour sessions. These sessions can be completed at your own pace and conveience and your registration is valid for one year from the date of registration. If you are a visitor to San Diego, the course can be run for you over six days, with four hours instruction on each day followed by self study. We require three months advance notice if you wish to set up this compressed schedule. Certificates of completion are issued to photographers who complete all sessions.
Don't hesitate to call or email if you have any questions regarding The Photographer's Journey. We are happy to recommend hotels or discuss your trip if you are a visitor to San Diego.
Mark Holmes Photography classes and workshops are for adults only. Children under 18 years old cannot attend classes. Although Mark Holmes has taught photography in San Diego for over ten years, it should be noted that these classes are for photography enthusiasts wishing to acquire or improve their photography skills. This business is not an accredited university and does not offer academic qualifications in photography.
Purchase a registration ticket below to begin your Digital Photographer's Journey.
From a recent student:
"As a photography enthusiast of over 40 years, the absolute smartest thing I have ever done to improve my skill and deepen my love for the art of photography is sign up for The Photographer’s Journey with Mark Holmes Photography.
Mark begins your photographer’s journey where your current skill leaves off. Every minute spent working with him improves your knowledge, skill and appreciation for main components of this art- light, composition, and technique. What equipment you have doesn’t matter. What skill level you have doesn’t matter. All that matters is your journey!
Whether one-on-one or in small groups, each class is a journey in itself. Each blends instruction with application, experimentation and feedback to maximize your learning curve.
Want to be a better photographer no matter where you are starting from? Take the Photographer’s Journey with Mark Holmes!"
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