Digital Photography 101: Summer 2005, in person at UFM
How to Choose and Use a Digital Camera
Digital Photography for Beginners through Intermediate into Advanced
If you realize there is still life left for traditional film, and wish to learn digital photography without abandoning 35mm Kodachromes, 120 Fujichrome, or 4x5 Ektachrome quality, then you will feel at home with Nicholas, a photographer steeped in Nikon, Leica, Hasselblad, and Linhof experience.
We all start out with simple point-and-shoot digital cameras: Canon, Sony, Fuji, Nikon CoolPix. Nicholas began with a Sony Mavica, moved through three models of Nikon CoolPix, and now uses a Nikon D100 and Sigma SD9. He has used medium format and large format digital cameras also, so you will learn the pros and cons of every kind of camera. Dr Hellmuth has tested medium format (on Hasselblad) and large format digital cameras for their manufacturers too. Dr Hellmuth has been photographing in Guatemala for over 40 years.
How many other instructors of digital photography have written their entirely own textbook when they noted that normal books were not quite thorough enough?
The reason you can learn from FLAAR reports is because every statement in Nicholas Hellmuth’s instructional materials is based on a single set of premises:
What class of camera is optimal for the kind of photography I do:
35mm, if so, which brand?
What lens, back, filter, tripod, or accessory is
The most practical?
Which lighting that I am already used to from traditional photography
Still works with digital cameras?
FLAAR has dedicated over 30 years to traditional photography with Leica, Nikon, Rollei, Hasselblad, and Linhof large format up to 8x10 chromes. So we know the world of 35mm negatives and slides, the world of medium format and larger. Yet we have made the transition to digital photograph, and thereby can assist you to enter digital photography too.
Most of the people who sign up say they were unable to find any other course where the instructor so clearly had personal experience in all four levels of digital cameras (point-and-shoot, 35mm, medium format, and large format).
Once they sign up and take the course, they realize that most universities do not have the range of equipment of FLAAR. Plus Dr Hellmuth also taught at the University of Malta. Each university has additional equipment and different kinds of studio lighting. So Professor Hellmuth has seen it all.
In addition to the hands-on course in person in Guatemala in the summer (taught in Spanglish), we have the on-line course available anywhere in the world.
Here is the information about the on-line Distance Learning version of the course:
Digital Photography Course for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
* Dates: 2005
Most recently updated November 17, 2004.