Education - Unitas Photography

Workshops & Demonstrations

When it comes to learning photography there are countless topics that can be addressed by a workshop, lecture or demonstration. Below are some of my more popular presentations I have offered but it is not a complete list.

If you run a photography club, meetup group or some other type of club or group such as a youth group, business club, marketing group or similar, and are interested in presenting a workshop, lecture or demonstration feel free to contact me with your ideas. I can structure a presentation geared to your specific group's goals.

Multiplicity Self Portrait

This is a simple yet fun photo project to add to your collection of self-portraits. While this is easy enough to do on your own, it is even easier with a little help. 

For this project you will pair off with another member. While one person is posing their partner will be guiding the pose and operating the camera. After we have had a chance to get a set of images we'll change it up by shooting at a different location for another set of images.

Topics Covered

• Tips & tricks for creating interactions
• Best camera options for creating a scene
• How to plot points in 3D for best 2D presentation
• How to effectively work with a partner

Introduction to Digital Photography

This workshop is a small intimate, no pressure introduction to the rich and rewarding world of digital photography.

Part instruction and part Q&A, you will get the chance to learn some of the more elusive functions of basic photography. In this workshop no question is a dumb question.

Topics Covered

• Basic camera functions (P, A, S, M, B modes)
• Metering and focusing modes
• Introduction to the Exposure Triangle
• Proper shooting technique
• Lenses and their attributes

Intro to Digital  - Walkabout

Having trouble understanding the concepts of photography?

Images not coming out the way you expected?

Wish you had someone next to you to explain things?

Join me for a casual, intimate walk as we explore our surroundings and work at creating consistently better images.

Topics Covered

• How to meter under different situations
• How to compose your image for more impact
• Proper shooting techniques
• Getting comfortable in manual

Basics of Flash Photography

This workshop is designed to break down lighting basics and help start demystifying the process of using flash. I don't want you thinking you will be getting a full understanding of how flash photography works in one session. Hopefully, though, you will lose your fear of experimenting with it on your own.

Topics Covered

• Understanding light falloff

• Going beyond the Exposure Triangle

• Camera settings

• Modifiers and what they do

Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom Classic

Adobe's Lightroom Content Management and Editing program is a very popular tool for many photographers. It is well designed and can get the beginner editing their photos in a short amount of time. It is also a very powerful program containing many tools and functions that, when understood, will help the advanced user speed their editing process immeasurably.

Topics Covered

• Understand how LR handles image processing

• Become familiar with the editing module tools

• Basic understanding to manipulate tones to enhance an image

• Explore editing methods to apply global edits

• Understand how to create and use editing presets, and more

Lectures & Seminars

Beyond the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds, that compositional crutch every new photographer is taught to help them create stronger compositions. The problem with this rule is that all too often the learning of composition stops there. This lecture is designed to explain the various other rules of composition not often discussed or taught to the beginning artist. We will also explore some of the early history and how they apply in modern photography.

Topics Covered

• The basics of the Rule of Thirds

• Other commonly used compositional rules

• Lesser know compositional rules we use without knowing it

• The frustrations of grids

• How the Rule of Thirds can be used for alternate compositional rules

Intro to Adobe Lightroom Classic

Adobe's Lightroom Content Management and Editing program is a very powerful program containing many tools and functions that, when understood, will help the advanced user speed their editing process immeasurably. The biggest complaint with  beginners though is the initial learning curve. This demonstration will explain how to structure your system in order to work effectively with Lightroom.

Topics Covered

• Organizing your images outside of Lightroom

• Overview of the various modules in Lightroom

• Explanation of a typical workflow from ingest to output

• How Lightroom integrates with Photoshop and other third party programs

Understanding Exposure

The best control is full control.

In order to have that control with a digital camera you need to understand the principles of the exposure triangle. This seminar probes deeper into the relationship between light and the camera's sensor and how it's interpreted.

Topics Covered

• The three parts of the exposure triangle

• Understand the base setting in any given situation

• Understanding how a camera meters a scene

• Getting a proper exposure in six easy steps

• ...and more

Zone System in the Digital Age

.Back in 1939-40 two photographers, Ansel Adams and Fred Archer, collaborated together to come up with a system to codify a process of controlling optimal film exposure and development. The results was what is now widely referred to as the Zone System. While the original methodology of the zone system does not translate directly to digital image making, the fundamentals do. This lecture delves beyond the typical understanding of exposure to explain how to use the Zone System for controlling exposure as it applies to digital

Topics Covered

• The Zone System, old and new

• Placing values for greater exposure control

• Using ETTR (Expose to the Right)

• And more

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