FAQ

 - Beginning Photography -

1. Can you tell me more about the course?

Sure, the entire course is composed of six sessions. There are three indoor sessions and three outdoor field trips. You are given a thorough grounding in basic exposure control and camera set-up in the first indoor session. Subsequent indoor sessions would acquaint you with further camera techniques and image editing. We also use these sessions to evaluate your images to further help you improve. The field trips are designed to be practical reinforcement of theory learned. You are provided with a course manual with exercises. Do be prepared to shoot lots and lots of images. This is short ( normally 3 weeks if followed consecutively) but rather intensive course suitable for working adults.

2. I am a rank beginner. Would this course be too difficult for me?

This is a basic photography course designed for the serious adult learner. No previous knowledge of photography is assumed. We have participants who bought their DSLRs the same week they start. It is important that you plan to attend all six sessions and send us the exercises for the maximum benefit. The trainers' feedback is an important element to your learning.

3. Do you offer discount?

Yes, Yes, Yes! We offer a 10% discount for any two participants who register together (Twin Registration). The same 10% discount also applies to those who register for any two courses at the same time.  Our usual Terms and Conditions apply.

4. There are so many other photography courses, what's so unique about yours?

Firstly, our schedule is ideal for working adults. New Beginning Photography Courses start on the first Wednesday of the month. Advanced Courses on Thurday. If you should miss any class in between, contact us for a make-up session. You are given three months to complete the course. After you have completed all six sessions, you can continue to join our Saturday outings and practice what you have learned for another three months from your enrolment date.

More importanly, we deliberately keep the class small to be personal and to give you closer attention. You also have the benefit of two experienced photographers. A colour course manual with suggested exercises is provided.

5. Will a certificate be awarded at the end of the course?

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded if you clocked in a minimum of four sessions and submit the required number of images for assessment.

6. What if I cannot make it to a session?

This is a 6-session course. It is best if you can plan your schedule so as to follow the course through without any break. If you follow it thorugh every Wednesday and Saturday, you would complete in three weeks. However, if you should miss any session, just contact us for a make-up class. Please advise your trainers in advance if you cannot make it to any session.

7. Who are the trainers for this course?

The trainers are Tan Boen Hian and Frederick Lee. Both BH and Fred started photography while they were in secondary/high school and have developed a keen interest in nature close-up photography in later adult years. Initially shooting in slide and film, both have switched to digital some years back. Their experiences include commercial product photography, portraiture, travel and still life.

BH and Fred have had their images published and exhibited, and have regularly given public talks and conducted classes in photography. They are married (independently) and have grown children. Both were awarded Associateships of the Royal Photographic Society of UK in the Nature Category (ARPS) in their first submissions. Please view their images here.

8. What equipment do I need to benefit from this course?

The digital SLR is a tool for serious learners. It has all the necessary controls to enable you to take good photograph. This course is designed to acquaint you with those controls. You would also need a tripod and an electronic flash would be an advantage.

In addition, you should have a PC and access to the internet and email facility. A basic image editing software like PhotoShop Elements would be a plus.

9. What brand and model of DSLR do you recommend for a beginner?

This is both a tough and easy question to answer. Let’s take the easy one first. Practically any digital SLR camera would be suitable. Specifically, a camera with the following features would be ideal:

  • Individual aperture and speed setting.
  • Aperture, speed priority, and manual exposure modes.
  • Multi-sensor and spot metering modes.
  • Different synchronization modes for flash.

For beginning photography, the brand does not really matter. However, as you progress you may want to add accessories specific to your area of interest. This is where the more established names win over. They have specialized lenses, sophisticated electronic flashes, and all the latest gizmo, not to mention service support, which is very important.

10. What are the accessories that I can loan?

We do have limited quantities of tripods, ballheads, dioptres, macro lenses, teleconverters, extension tubes, etc.. You are welcomed to borrow them on a first come first serve basis for the duration of each field trip. Some are specific to Nikon cameras only.

11. How do I register for the course?

Please email us to check for available places. We will confirm by email together with course details.

Next, download and complete the application form and make payment on your first session. Cheque should be crossed and made payable to 'TechCraft & Grafix'. Please indicate on the back your name or names in the case of Twin Registration. An official receipt would be issued for the payment.

12. Course Schedule

Beginning Photography courses start on the first Wednesday of each month, 1900hrs. - 2100hrs. Thereafter, indoor sessions are held every Wednesday. Outdoor field trips are on every Saturdays (0800hrs.- 1100hrs.) at selected locations in Singapore. Please email Fred and BH to confirm a start date.

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