Evening Photography Classes for Adults at SPC

Need/Want Photo Classes? I have been talking with the Saint Petersburg College (SPC) Lifelong Learning Program and it looks like they are going to get my photo classes back up and running. As of now the dates are Monday or Tuesday Evenings 6-9, April 10 – May 8. Monday will be at Gibbs Campus of SPC and Tuesday will be at the Epi Center (Off Ulmerton Road) on Tuesday evening.

They need at least 5 people in each class for it to work and continue. Please share with those interested in photography with your DSLR camera. I will help you improve greatly in five short weeks. HMU for more information or call SPC Lifelong Learning Program (727) 341-300 to express interest. Class is between $90 -$125 for the five weeks.

Follow my photo stuff on Facebook and YouTube “Modern Photography Group” and on Instagram @piercebrunsonphotography, @fireflyeventphotography, @moderntassel, @modernperformerphotography

My Personal Rules For Class

  • I don’t force anyone to participate you can just show up and absorb information.
  • Homework assignments are optional. They will be gently critiqued to move the individual photographer forward.
  • Ask any photo related questions as they come. Don’t wait until the subject week to ask. I will refocus the class as needed.
  • No politics or religion talk. Take a break from all of that for a few hours.
  • Expect to improve and respect the improvement of others. What may be a small step for you (or myself) can be a huge leap for others.
  • Get a snack as needed. There are machines all over both campuses don’t let hunger or thirst distract from your learning.
  • Doesn’t matter where you are in photography I can teach anyone.
  • Have Fun.

Here is the instructional schedule for my classes.

Photography Beginner/ Intermediate
Instructor: Pierce Brunson
SPC Lifelong Learning

Style: Fun, lighthearted, information filled classes in a comfortable setting for self-paced learning and involvement.

Instructional Schedule:

Week 1

Introduction to class (instruction/ flow/ breaks) and instructor
“What Do You Want To Shoot?”
DSLR Parts and Function (memory cards best practices, cleaning,
Camera Lenses, tripods, other gear)
The Exposure Triangle
M Mode Shooting
-Homework Assignment (Always Optional, will be critiqued by me and group)

Week 2

Review: the Exposure Triangle
Natural/ Available Light (outside instruction)
Review Week 1 Assignment
Enhancing Your Images (What’s In My Background, Portrait v Landscape, Shooting angles, Framing, Rule of Thirds, Focus )

Week 3

Exposure Triangle Review
Adding light/ Flash (adjusting power, off camera, diffuser)
In class studio light practice.  “How did they get that shot?”
Review Week 2 Assignment
Low light/ indoor shooting (with/ without flash)
Social Media/ Web sites/ Blogs/ Vlogs/ (Displaying what you shoot)

Week 4

Exposure Triangle Review
Off Camera Light Shooting (Outside Technique)
Review Week 3 Assignment
Advanced Equipment/ Purchasing/

Week 5

Review Week 4 Assignment
Phone Photography,
Travel Photography Tips
Photography File storage,
Photo processing and workflow (How not to use Photoshop and still get great results)

 

See It All On YouTube

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Along with great photography and your easy to access images you can now enjoy your personal slideshow from your photo shoot. This is an extra value that has been added to all of our shoots.  Our parent company, Modern Photography Group, LLC, is dedicated to making it easier for our customers to share their images. The best way to save your friends and family time is to share your slideshow.  It helps move your pics along in a attractive manner without the person having to click through your gallery in a time consuming manner.

This perk will start in August of 2016.

Head to the YouTube page here. Subscribe to see videos on photography tips and other photo shoots so that you have great ideas when you shoot with us again.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZQngV1BvmhN97bNXdglPbA

 

Photo Tip Wednesday: Take a Class

Take a Class

There is nothing like hands on. I am a pretty techie person so YouTube videos work for me but for those that need a tad more help check out your local community college. There you should find classes that are about 5 weeks long and are relatively inexpensive. I started teaching two classes in 2013 and I have learned just as much as I have helped others learn.

Pierce Brunson is a photographer, author and entrepreneur that lives in beautiful Tampa Bay, FL. He is a former high school teacher that now works to improve the high school experience through motivational speaking, writing, and his photography venture Firefly Event Photography (www.fireflyeventphotography.com). He enjoys family, friends, taking pics for his social media accounts and pondering his existence. He also teaches photography classes for Saint Petersburg College in their Lifelong Learning Program where he helps those with a camera become skilled photographers. Find Pierce Brunson all over social media. Visit www.piercebrunson.com for more info about the rest of Pierce’s talents and passions.

 

Photo of the Day: Photo Classes Starting Soon!

Portrait Image by Pierce Brunson Photography

The Grapevine by Pierce Brunson Photography

Learn how to take great images with your DSLR camera at Saint Petersburg College through the Lifelong Learning Program http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/  There are always a good number of people in the classes so come and join a great group of novice photographers.  Your skills will be developed every week and you will leave the five week program knowing how to take a great image with your camera.  If you have always wanted to learn more about basic photography this is for you. It is time to take a photo class that is casual but challenging. Sign up today.

-Pierce

Photo Tips and Tricks: Classes Starting Soon!

Urban Landscape by Pierce Brunson

Tampa, FL by Pierce Brunson Photography

Time to take that class! Do you live in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or surrounding Tampa Bay areas? Learn how to take great images with your DSLR camera at Saint Petersburg College through the Lifelong Learning Program http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/  There are always a good number of people in the classes so come and join a great group of novice photographers.  Your skills will be developed every week and you will leave the five week program knowing how to take a great image with your camera.  If you have always wanted to learn more about basic photography this is for you. It is time to take a photo class that is casual but challenging. Sign up today.

-Pierce

Making Posing Guides for Personal Use

Making Posing Guides by Pierce Brunson

This segment is about posing guides.  It is really simple to do and I think you need to have these with you when you go and shoot to create a more organized shoot.  You can still get creative by using the posing guides as it helps you have a starting point at your location.  I basically Googled posing guides and found some free downloads that were simple drawings.  I then took those drawings and put them into a chart in a word file.  The images are about 1.2 inches tall and it creates 18 boxes to fit the images in.  After that I printed them out at home and took them to Office Depot to be laminated.  The lamination was the 10mill.  Don’t go thinner than that.  The cost for two laminations and two double sided photo copies was $5.33.  Now they are protected, and you can punch a hole in them for a ring or a clip.  Make sure you put your name and contact number at the bottom of the page.

I decided to use posing guide images with no color so my subject could focus on the pose and not the person in the image.

In 2014 I will use posing guides on every shoot with the intent of having a more dynamic range of images, reduce laziness, deliver a better product, improve my portfolio and make more money.  Enjoy!

VIDEO LINK: http://youtu.be/s6ZG9hAkiU4

Pierce Brunson is a photographer and entrepreneur that works in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.  The main goal is to capture great images that clients will enjoy well into the future.  Areas of concentration are maternity, newborn, families, high school seniors, and social and corporate events.  As a strobist photographer Pierce works to capture the best images and deliver as quick turnaround so clients can enjoy their images longer.

Three Actions That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography

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Pierce Brunson Photography Photo Tips

Here are the three actions I have used and suggest for greatly improving your photography.

1. Decide where you want to be and what level of photographer you want to be.

2. Get a Digital Field Guide for your camera brand and model.

3. Take a class at your local community college.

Pierce Brunson is a photographer and entrepreneur that works in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.  The main goal is to capture great images that clients will enjoy well into the future.  Areas of concentration are maternity, newborn, families, high school seniors, and social and corporate events.  As a strobist photographer Pierce works to capture the best images and deliver as quick turnaround so clients can enjoy their images longer.

View Video: http://youtu.be/ZrSjmsr8dao

 

Photo Tips: How I Improved My Skill

Over the last few months I have had many people ask me how did you become such a good photographer.  Being thankful for the compliment I started to wonder how did I get to the point where I capture what I want about 85% of the time I click. Good is so subjective but there are things that all photos have that attract the majority of viewers.  Most know it is practice but they want a fast track of knowledge and eliminate the fluff so they can impress others.

With a limited amount of funding you can greatly improve your photography skills. So here is my list of deeds.

1.  Facebook’em:  Follow active photographers on your favorite social networking site.  I personally follow 25+.  They should be from all walks of photography that you want to learn. When they post a sample of their work look and like.  Then try to create a similar image using your style.  It make time to grow your style but keep viewing photogs.

1A: Google+ yourself and join a community. You can follow me Pierce Brunson  and join my community: Creative Couples Photography https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/108953678629444739968/communities/109069531620365003982

2. Youtube’em: Same as #1 but photogs show you technique for free. Use the search.

3. Take a class: Live instruction great.  Go into the class (probably at your local community college) with a strong basic knowledge of photography. Taking a class and doing the assignments will help improve the questions you have and confirm some things you already know.  It doesn’t have to be a semester long. I currently teach one that is five classes over five weeks.  Sign up and improve your basic skills. Find me here Spring 2014: http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/

4: Buy the “Field Guide” book for your camera. You will learn things, crazy cool things.

5. Favorite educational sites or join email lists:  I have many favorites on my email list but I also get notifications in my email. If you don’t know about DPS you ain’t trying to improve.  They are just giving away knowledge.  I read one article a week.  Here is their link http://digital-photography-school.com/.

6. Shoot a lot: C’mon it is digital files not film. No need to not shoot as much as possible.

7. Shoot slow:  Take your time to improve.  Don’t go clicking like you are shooting off an AK-47. Focus on what you want to shoot.

8. Plan a shoot:  Go out to shoot with a purpose.  Walking around is a great way to capture images but your photo shoots should have a plan of image capture.  Start working on your knowledge of simple poses, finding your favorite spot, and learning yearly lighting conditions in your area.

There are many more but these are the few that helped me improve
my photography skill. Thanks.

Pierce Brunson

Let me know how you improved on our Facebook page.

Photo Tip: Take A Class!

Senior Portrait Image by Pierce Brunson Photography

Senior Portrait Image by Pierce Brunson Photography

Photo Tip: Take A Class!  One of the best ways to become a better photographer is to take a class.  I know that everyone is busy but there are plenty of classes in every community for every level of photographer to attend.  It could be a weekend session or a five week class at your local community college.  If you are interested in improving your photo skills get the help that is necessary. Sure you can learn a lot from a YouTube video but there is nothing like hands on learning environments.  If you are in Pinellas County I teach a class for adults in the Spring and Fall for adults through the St. Pete College Lifelong Learning Program.  Contact me directly or view the SPC LLL page here http://www.spcollege.edu/lifelong/.

Have a great time learning!

My name is Pierce and I am a professional photographer that focuses on capturing the most memorable moments for families and social events.

My dedication is to deliver the images that you envision without the hassle of confusing fees for services rendered.  My sessions are stress free and enjoyable for all of my clients.

Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a regular professional photo session without wondering if there are hidden fees or bait and switch tactics.  When you work with me I always deliver a high number of quality images, multiple poses, and include access and downloading of image files.  Bring your ideas and we will work together to create the photo shoot results you desire.

My customers enjoy the results from our photo session as they return for other sessions in the future.  Connect with me at (727) 599-6153 or contact@piercebrunsonphotography.com to set up a session.

-Pierce