School of Visual Aesthetics - Islamabad


We are a group of visual artisans Providing learning opportunities for art enthusiasts through workshops and courses building a community where ideas and knowledge can be shared and exchanged.

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Meet the folks behind SVA

Waleed Alam

Aisha Saqib

Fawad Aslam

Hashir Ahmed

Zeeshan Shafquat

Photography Worshop

Duration: 4 days

Instructor: Waleed Alam, founder of Concept One Studios

Who is this for: Everyone who wants to make a career out of photography

What do you need: A DSLR camera and a passion to learn.

 Following modules will be taught over-the-course of 4 days Session

Session 1

  • What is Communication.
  • God likes stories
  • Concept of story telling
  • How story telling started (Early Human Time)?
  • The era of photographic story telling (When & Why was the camera invented)
  • Invention of first camera?
  • How painting & writing play along with photography
  • Photograph is worth a thousand words
  • The Art of Story Telling
  • The era of modern DSLR’s.
  • Understanding your camera.
  • How the camera works?
  • What is Shutter and lens aperture?
  • What is mega pixel?
  • What is a crop or full frame camera?
  • How film is different from digital?
  • The difference between DSLR and Mirror less camera
  • Understanding Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO?
  • The different modes in your camera Auto, Program, Manual, Shutter priority, Aperture priority.
  • Exposure Stops
  • Shutter Speed Stops
  • Aperture Stops
  • The Advantage of Using F/Stops
  • Full & Third Stop Reference Table
  • Relationship of focal length distance & aperture related to Depth of field
  • What is depth of field?
  • Depth of field (DOF) Overview
  • Circles of Confusion
  • Perceiving Sharpness
  • Sharpness
  • Depth of Field (DOF) Scale
  • Hyper focal Distance
  • How humans see? (Concept Of Colors in human mind and eye )
  • Why are there so many lenses?
  • The difference between professional lenses and amateur level lenses?
  • What is a portrait lens?
  • What is a wide angle lens?
  • What is a zoom lens?
  • How prime lenses differ from zoom lenses?
  • How zoom lenses differ from wide angle lenses?
  • Problems with zoom lenses
  • Problems with prime lenses
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Putting It All Together
  • Previsualization
  • What is a frame?
  • Understanding Composition in depth
  • Mastering the Rule of Thirds
  • Balancing elements
  • Symmetry and patterns
  • Negative Space
  • Concept of Story telling through composition
  • You see what you want to see!
  • Viewpoints, levels and camera angles
  • Close up photography
  • Working with themes
  • The Importance of Contrast
  • Highlight and Shadow
  • Textures and rythemic patterns
  • Understanding Forms and shapes of objects

Plus, an outdoor photography session to implement learned modules.

Session 2

  • Why do you need a flash light?
  • Techniques for working with artificial lighting
  • Working with mixed, natural and artificial light
  • Flash and studio shooting
  • Understanding colour temperature
  • Importance of Light in Photography
  • Out Door photography VS in Door Photography
  • Creating your own light
  • How to setup a cheap lighting equipment
  • The Colour Spectrum
  • Colour Temperature in comparison with colour spectrum
  • Seeing Like a Camera
  • Colour Perception
  • Depth Perception
  • Dynamic Range
  • Effective pre-shoot preparation and advisory for portrait photography
  • Understanding portrait styles (Black & White, Full Shot, Head Shot, Profile)
  • An extensive range of techniques for taking candid and posed portraits – with examples
  • Photography make-up and clothing
  • Effective use of the environment and surroundings (Environmental Portraits)
  • Controlling backgrounds and foregrounds for stunning portraits
  • Experimenting with viewpoints, levels and camera angles
  • Applying natural and studio lighting techniques
  • Effective portrait photography techniques for children, the elderly and groups
  • Time of Day
  • Effective photography techniques

Session 3

  • Impressive tricks using different lenses
  • Correct use of fill-in flash, reflectors and slow sync flash
  • Night photography techniques
  • How to use ISO effectively?
  • Eliminating poor focus, red eye and camera shake
  • Preventing under and over exposure
  • Techniques for reducing lens flare
  • Preventing poor quality images
  • Preventing unwanted reflections
  • Understanding Black & White photography
  • Choosing your subject
  • Understanding High and Low Key
  • The psychology of colour
  • Landscape photography (Best lens options and camera settings)
  • Why is landscape photography requiring different equipment from portraiture?
  • Panoramic photography (Tips and tricks)
  • Techniques for capturing atmospheric changes
  • HDR Photography (Built in camera function & Photoshop options)
  • Why do you need to edit?
  • Photoshop and light room comparison
  • Fundamentals and basics of Photoshop
  • Basic color adjustment
  • RAW Files How to store them
  • Light room over view
  • How to work with prints and digital pictures online

Session 3

How to make a living through pictures?

  • Where to Begin
  • Selecting a Speciality Area
  • A Style To Call Your Own
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Portraiture
  • Weddings & Family
  • Making money through Photojournalism
  • How you can sell Landscapes
  • Food
  • Product & Still Life
  • Architecture & Interiors
  • Art Photography
  • Look at the Work of Other Photographers


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