Digital Landscape Photography

Ted Fines and Besser Museum director Christine Witulski at the opening of Ted's recent one-man show.

with Ted Fines

Photographer Ted Fines will begin the first day with solving the mysteries of the digital camera, including its lenses and memory card options, then go on to discuss technical and aesthetic matters such as the "exposure triangle," editing and composition.

Then Ted will take students out into rural Alcona County to shoot at some of its most photographically interesting locations and learn more about landscape photography. As shown in the images above, Ted is expert at finding not just the right location, but also the best viewpoint.

When he puts his camera down (not often) Ted is executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan. He lives in Alcona County with his wife, Chris (that's her holding the umbrella in photo 5 above).

To enroll in this class, you'll need your own digital SLR (or an advanced point & shoot) camera that is capable of shooting in manual mode, in which you can set the shutter speed, ISO and aperture. (Smart phones are not recommended.) A basic  lens from a starting camera kit will be fine. If you have a wide-angle lens, filters, tripod or any other camera accessory, bring those, too. A laptop computer loaded with photo editing software would be helpful. Don't forget appropriate chargers, camera manual, flashlight, bug spray, sunscreen and rain gear (just in case). Plan to take lots of notes (and photos), either on paper or on your laptop.

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Beginner to Intermediate levels of experience. Class limit is 12 students.

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