Photography Lessons, Classes & Workshops in Wilmington, Delaware
Private Lessons by Danny Schweers
My rates are $43/hour, the same whether I teach one or many. In general, tutoring is here in Arden, Delaware, in the northern-most part of the state, just off I-95. Arrangements can be made to meet elsewhere, but I usually charge for my travel time. To learn more, call me at 302 475-0998 or click here for all my contact info.
Digital Photography Classes
Two classes, by Danny Schweers and Kathy Buckalew, are offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring of each year at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. Kathy also teaches a Summer class. These classes are for people who enjoy taking pictures and want to learn on how to do it with a good camera using all the settings.
Danny's next class will cover ten Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., January 14 to March 18, 2014 at the Delaware Art Museum.
In Danny's first class, we will review all the ways in which exposures can be varied including subject selection, lighting, focal length, focus, shutter speed, depth of field (aperture), ISO (sensor sensitivity), resolution (quality), and white balance. At the end of the first class, the students will take photos in shutter priority, aperture priority, and manual modes.
By the end of the course, every student will be familiar with their camera and able to produce good images in nearly any situation.
Specific projects Danny's students will complete include a series of photos experimenting with shutter speed, depth of field, ISO, artificial light, and subject and background. Other projects will include ten portraits of an individual and a series of photos that tell a story.
There's more to photography than mechanics and pixels!
A good single lens reflex digital camera is preferred, or a digital camera with a manual shooting mode. If in doubt about whether your camera meets the course requirements, give Danny a call at 302 475-0998 or click here to contact Danny Schweers by email.
Other Photography Classes near Wilmington, Delaware
Nearby Photography Galleries, Organizations
- Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
- Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, 200 S. Madison, Wilmington, DE
- Delaware Photographic Society
- Gallery 339, at 339 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Meet-Up Photo Groups in Elkton, MD, and Delaware County, PA.
- Philadelphia Photo Arts, 1400 N. American Street #103
- Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Wilmington Art Loop - "Art On The Town" offers many exhibitions on the first Friday of most months.
Photography Business Advice
A college senior about to graduate asked my advice about the business of photography. Here's what I said, and what six practicing photographers said.
- Gary Winogrand's Teaching Methods A long article by O.C. Garza. Eventually, he talks about Winogrand's methods.
- Richard Avedon
- Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1930s of his wife, Frida Kahlo
- Henri Cartier Bresson, French documentary photographer, 1930s-1960s. His ability to create Zen-like perfect moments from ordinary life is still widely admired, including a retrospective exhibit in 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One of my favorites in his ability to see beauty in the mundane.
- Deborah Bird, paper scuptures frozen in ice, recommended by painter Linda Celestian.
- Harry Callahan, 1949
- Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864
- Professor Harold Edgerton, a scientific photographer, developed stop-action techniques for photographing high-speed objects while working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work was exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum in 2011.
- Robert Frank, 1950s documentary photographer. His book, The Americans, changed how photographers looked through their viewfinders and how Americans looked at themselves, if you believe NPR. Gary Winogrand followed in his tradition.
- Andy Goldsworthy. Is he a sculptor or a photographer? "Both" is the correct answer. Many of his creations, made of found natural objects, have short lives except for their images as photographs.
- Yousuf Karsh, 1941, of Winston Churchill
- Robert Glenn Ketchum, contemporary landscape photographer. I was first impressed with his book,Order From Chaos, in which he takes confusions of branches and weeds and sees in them some order.
- Annie Leibovitz, contemporary portrait photographer. Has started releasing books of her personal work. Known for her editorial photography, known for traveling with two semi-truck trailers, one full of costumes, and working with a staff of a dozen helpers including makeup artists, costume designers, and lighting specialists.
- Gordon Parks, 1941, of Langston Hughes
- PinholeResource.com - Marc, a student, recommends this resource for pinhole photography.
- Edward Steichen, 1928, of Greta Garbo
- Edward Weston, art photographer, and his sons, Brett Weston and Cole Weston, both landscape photographers.
- Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography at MOMA
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- Sheila, a student, recommends "Around The World with an iPhone."
- Untouched model to billboard perfection. Reginald Pike's Yael Staav takes us from model to billboard in under 60 seconds. The Photoshop changes at the end are shown so quickly, you'll need to pause the video to take in the facial reconstruction.
If you'd like to borrow one of these books, contact me.
- Photography by London, Stone & Upton. A complete classroom in a book, 406pp, illustrated with many photos of historical significance.
- Stoppee's Guide to Photography & Light by Brian & Janet Stoppee. Empasis on light and its capture. 502pp.
- The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman. Emphasis on being able to see good compositions. 192pp.
- The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman. Emphasis on being able to think about what you see. 192pp.
- Developing Vision & Style: A Landscape Photography Masterclass by Cornish, Waite, and Ward. Three British photographers display their best work and talk about what goes into a good image. 158pp.
- Mastering Landscape Photography: The Luminous Landscape Essays by Alain Briot. Thoughful writing about landscape applies to all aspects of photography. 251pp.
- Creative Elements: Darkroom Techniques for Landscape Photography by Eddie Ephraums. This book about toning silver gelatin prints has much to say about the artist's vision. 165pp.
- Still Life in Photography by Paul Martineau. A picture book of still life photography. 112pp.
- Camera Work: The Complete Illustrations 1903-1917 by Alfred Stieglitz. 800pp.
- Time by Andy Goldsworthy
- The New York Times Magazine Photographs, edited by Kathy Ryan, 2011. Each photo includes comments from the photographer about the shot plus comments from the art director. An Aperture Book, with sections on portraits, documentary, photo-illustration, and style. 448pp.
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