Jo Avila

FAQ

1.    Where are the seminar or workshop sessions held?

 

The venue for each seminar or workshop depends on its schedule.  Please check each announcement for the exact details.

 

2.    Is there available parking?

 

Yes.  I have made sure that any venue where I will be holding my regular seminars or workshops will always have available parking.

 

3.    How do I sign up?

 

You may register by sending an email to pinakamagalingako@gmail.com.

Please indicate in your email the following info:

a)    Your name as you wish for it to appear on the certificate of attendance.

b)   Your cellular phone number (in case I have to send you an SMS).

c)   The seminar schedule that you wish to join.

 

4.    What camera may be used for the seminars?

 

Those attending the Basic Photography seminars may use digital SLR or digital point & shoot cameras.

Yes, I use Canon digital cameras and I am also currently a Canon Brand Ambassador for both Canon EOS digital cameras and Canon Pixma inkjet printers.  But participants may use any brand of digital camera when they attend my seminar.

 

5.    May two or more participants share the same camera?

 

Yes.  All shoots for my Basic Photography Seminar are take home assignments.  These assignments are due on the succeeding seminar session.  All assignments will be viewed by the entire class and individually critiqued.  This allows all participants to learn from each other’s images.

 

6.    Is there an age requirement for participants?

 

Not really.  But we have had students in the past who were still in their early teens and didn’t feel comfortable being in the class.  This is because there was no one else in the class of their age or peer group.  Most of my students are either college students, working professionals, parents, retirees, etc.

I usually ask students younger than 18 years old if they will feel comfortable being the youngest person in a room full of adults.

 

7.    What if there is a conflict in schedule or I miss a session?

 

Basic Photography seminar participants who miss a seminar session may attend future sessions for make up purposes.

Basic Photography seminar participants may attend future seminar sessions as often as they wish for refresher purposes.

Make up and refresher sessions are free of charge.

However, we will charge P500/head for those availing of a refresher session during the Basic Photography sessions held on Sundays (Special Sessions).  The amount is to cover for the cost of lunch and snacks during the Sunday seminar sessions.

Participants are required to send an email at least two days prior to their make up or refresher sessions.  The email must specify the seminar dates when they intend to be present for their make up or refresher sessions.  Please also indicate in your email which seminar batch did you originally join.

However, I do discourage students from missing the first session of any seminar schedule.  Please choose a different seminar schedule if you will be absent for the first session of the seminar schedule you wish to join.

 

8.    May I join the Basic Photography Seminar even if I have zero knowledge about photography?

 

Yes.  But, it would greatly help if you have attempted to have read your camera’s manual.  It also helps if you have attempted to use your camera after having read the manual.

I usually expect some participants to have zero knowledge about photography.  But I don’t encourage participants to have absolute zero experience in having read the camera manual or in using the camera.

 

9.     What is the best way that I can prepare for the Basic Photography Seminar?

 

Read your camera’s manual.  It would be a big help if you knew where the controls are for:

a)  Shooting Mode (i.e. Program, AV, Tv, M, etc.)

b)  ISO setting

c)  White Balance

d)  Aperture and Shutter Speed

e)  Image Quality and Size (i.e. RAW, JPEG Large, etc.)

 

10.     May I only attend and pay for the Basic Photography sessions that I am interested in?

 

No.  I do not allow the seminar modules to be broken up.

 

11.    Is there an early bird discount for early registrants?  Is there a group discount?  Is there any kind of available discount?

 

No. Nada. Wala. Nyet. None. Zilch. Zero.

 

 

12.    May I join the other workshops even if I took basic photography under someone else?

 

Yes, you may attend our other workshops even if you took basic photography under someone else.

 

13.    What are the exact topics of discussion that will be tackled for Basic Photography?

 

All that I am teaching is a basic workflow of shooting, composing, lighting, post processing and printing.

The first topic will tackle subject matters ranging from choice of lens focal length, camera operation, camera maintenance, significance of ISO, and why choose a certain lens opening and shutter speed combination.

The second topic is a gamut of composition tips, rules and guidelines that I personally follow.  I will also explain why the worst picture any photographer will take is a picture of a cow eating grass.

The third topic is all about basic lighting.  I will discuss general concerns when using a camera flash or studio strobe, basic lighting styles, glossary of terms, lighting ratio and modifying the quality of the light.

The fourth topic will feature a simple set of post processing workflow techniques using Adobe Photoshop.  I will demonstrate how to organize your images using Adobe Bridge, how to convert camera RAW files for editing, basic color correction, retouching, image interpolation and digital black & white conversion techniques.

The lecture for the fifth topic is all about Basic Color Management.  I will  demonstrate how to get a good match between your computer’s display monitor and the print.  The importance of color profiles/spaces, display monitor calibration and profiling, gamut mapping and rendering intents will likewise be discussed.

(The fourth and fifth sessions have been combined into  a single whole day session for the last session of the seminars held on Saturdays.)

 

14.    Do you teach in English or Filipino?

 

I teach mainly in English.  But I like to make jokes in Filipino.

 

15.    Do you allow participants to record your lectures using a video camera, audio voice recorder and the like?

 

No.  But you are encouraged to write down notes.

 

16.    Do I need to bring a camera flash to the Basic Photography Seminar?

 

No.  Participants of the Basic Photography Seminar are not allowed to use a camera flash or studio strobe for any of their photography assignment submissions.

 

17.    What do I really need to bring?

 

You will need to bring a camera, pen, paper and a sense of humor.

 

18.    Must I really have a sense of humor to attend the seminars?

 

Yes. No kidding 🙂

 

 

 

Sponsors

Aperture

Aperture

Black Rapid

Black Rapid

Benro

Benro

Canon PIXMA

Canon PIXMA

Datacolor

Datacolor

Dell

Dell

Friends With Vision

Friends With Vision

EOS Digital

EOS Digital

Ilford

Ilford

Ilford Master

Ilford Master

Kenko

Kenko

Lowepro

Lowepro

LEE Filters

LEE Filters

Mangotree

Mangotree

Schutzen

Schutzen

Shuttermaster

Shuttermaster

Western Digital

Western Digital

Ynzal Marketing Corp.

Ynzal Marketing Corp.
Copyright © 2017 Jo Avila | Photography Seminars
Top