Courses by the FotoKommission

Currently, we offer three courses and several modules.

You can book the courses and modules here: https://fotokommission.corsizio.com

You can find information on hand-ins for your courses here.

Courses

The courses build on one another, but can also be attended independently. The focus of our courses lies on the technical side. We won't explain to you "how to take beautiful photos", but we'll provide you the tools to find your own style.

Every course includes a practical part and a joint discussion of the photos taken for the course. Also, you can have your favourite photo printed out after the course. If you don't have your own camera, you can borrow one from us to participate in the course (availability is limited).

Modules

The modules focus on a specific aspect and are therefore sometimes more creative than our courses. They are less technically focused, since we assume that the basics are in place.

While our courses and modules are cheap compared to other commercial photography courses, we don't want to exclude anyone for financial reasons. Contact us if the course fees are too high for your financial situation.

Course overview

A short overview, more details can be found on the course website.

Level I: Basics of photography (2 x 2h, 20.-)

In this course you will learn to operate your camera manually. This is important for a good foundation:

  • exposure: aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • angle / focal length

(This may not sound like a lot, but we'll go quite into details.) If you can not "blindly" and quickly manually operate your camera, we recommend this course to you.

Level II: Digital photography (2 x 3h, 30.-)

Digital photography has many advantages, but also one big disadvantage: it is quite technical. This course is all about the workflow in digital photography, from A-Z:

  • image idea
  • composition / Lighting
  • automatic camera functions
  • RAW / dynamic range
  • selection and postprocessing on the computer
  • additional points (by interest)

The focus remains on the technical side.

Level III: Event photography (2 x 3h + 1 x 4h, 70.-)

The FotoKommission wants to use good event photographers for VSETH and its events. That of course means that we have to train them. By visiting this course, you'll be able cover events as a photographer. The course consists in visiting an event of the VSETH to gain experience on the field. The theoretical part, however, revolves around administrative issues, which are an important part of professional photography.

  • the client
  • photo rights
  • typical photos and settings
  • equipment
  • behaviour at the event
  • efficient selection and post-processing
  • delivery of the photos

Module overview

In the first part of each module, we work out the theory, then you'll have a week to try out what you have learned. In the second part we discuss the results. The modules each last 4 hours and cost 30.-.

Composition

The composition describes how a picture is structured on an abstract level. We look at photos submitted by the participants and find out why these photos are "beautiful". We develop a few rules of thumb, try them out and discuss our results.

Portrait photogaphy / Available Light photography

We'll talk about to things: how to take "nice" portraits, and how to best use the available light.

Photo printing

Together, we'll prepare a photo for optimal printing and print it on our professional photo printer. On the second day of the course, we pull the photo onto an MDF board, so you can then hang the photo up at home. Photo in A3 + format is included, A2 for a surcharge of 10.-.

Editing

Together, we'll look at "well" edited photos and find out the differences to the rough version. Then we'll edit some pictures together until they're "pretty".

Flashlight

Artificial light, i.e. flashes and light shapers, offer an unbelievable number of creative possibilities. We focus on off-camera flash.

Film / Video

The technical hurdle to make good video recordings is pretty big. We develop the technical basics and get to know various aids such as variable ND filters or gimbals. We also discuss efficient recording planning and film editing.

Business

Photography can be used to make money. If this is of your interest, you'll learn the most important information to create a business in this module.