Digital cameras have revolutionised the hitherto sacred domain of professional photographers and every household, or rather every person owning a mobile, has become a photographer requiring some basic understanding of the field.
The Guntur chapter of Senior Citizens' Service Organisation came up with an innovative programme to help people of all age groups to come to grips with camera, lighting and various kinds of lenses during the summer months when children are busy with summer camps.
“An investment of Rs.10,000 is made on any kind of auto focus or other digital cameras. If they are trained in basics, it would give them satisfaction,” said organisation president N. Tirupathaiah. They took the help of the PATWA to rope in photographers as resourcepersons.
The 10-day programme began on Wednesday and would continue till May 15 when a formal test would be organised and prizes distributed, organisation secretary K. Krishna said.
The Agriculture Research Centre photographer from Lam Farm Rangisetty Pitchaiah discussed about basics of composing a picture, photography, etc. On Friday, Sushil Kumar, a doctor by profession, explained about exposure time, aperture, shutter speed etc. by dismantling cameras and lenses.
A housewife M. Vani was attending the classes regularly and got several of her doubts clarified from Dr. Sushil on the use of a digital camera she had. Another HR professional K. Rajesh had taken a month's time off from work and was pursuing this course to handle his newly purchased Single Lens Reflector digicam.
White balance, wide angle, zoom and telephoto lens were some of the topics on which he got a lot of clarity. In the next few days the students would be taken to Uppalapadu bird sanctuary to understand outdoor photography. A photo editing tool Photoshop would be taught, indoor photography and lighting, law related to photographs would also be discussed as part of this programme.
Keywords: Training in photography