The elements of exposure and why ISO comes first, part 1 of 3.

Ansel Adams chose ISO first.

Your pictures suck compared to his.

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If you are learning, or relearning, manual exposure I will tell you there is a progression of choosing the 3 elements of exposure that works every time.  The 3 elements are ISO, aperture and shutter speed, in that order, at least at first.

In the 1920s Ansel Adams began taking some pretty good pictures.  He knew all the rules about photography.  He knew all the numbers and formulas and even created some rules of his own that we still use.  Guess what?  Adams had to deal with ISO too and he didn’t have a camera that would do it for him.

We are spoiled and it complicates ISO.  When did Adams choose his ISO?  Before his trip, right?  Days, weeks or months before setting his camera up for a shot.

Our fancy schmancy digital cameras have auto ISO.  When we walk out into the sunlight the camera chooses 100, in dark settings it chooses 1600.  Why are we always crying about ISO and noise?

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PPSC Upstate Super Sunday Workshop 2013

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workshop group

This was the first Super Sunday Workshop I taught for PPSC. One of the biggest groups of 2013, we had a great time shooting 3 models and learning from each other.

2014 Photography Classes in Greenville and Spartanburg!

We have officially begun our 2014 series, with our student favorites and 10 new photography classes. 

This year we will be offering 4-hour workshops that take you through the basics and advanced functions of a DSLR, including an hour of Photoshop Elements.  These classes are in both Greenville and Spartanburg. 

We have also added 10 new classes that are more specific to your favorite area of photography.  These are HDR, Macro, Children, Sports, Landscape, iPhone/smart phone and more!  Please visit our class schedule at http://www.michaellambworkshops.com for information and registration. 

Greenville classes will be held at Hilton Greenville and Spartanburg classes will be held at South Carolina’s biggest camera store, Spartan Photo Center.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Spartanburg & Greenville SC area photography classes fall schedule!

Spartan Photo Center and Michael Lamb Photography have just announced their fall 2012 photography class schedule.  All classes are Tuesdays from 6-8PM, unless otherwise noted.  These photography classes are designed both the beginning SLR user to the emerging professional.  Not sure what class to start with?  Contact the primary instructor, Michael Lamb, at michael@michaellambphotography.com or 864-497-3093.

* notes classes that are great for, but not limited to, someone new to DSLRs

Aug 14             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Aug 21              Editing Digital Video with Premier Elements

Aug 28             Digital SLR Photography*

Sept 4              Canon Cameras In Depth*

Sept 18            *NEW*  Sports Photography

Sept 25            Nikon Cameras In Depth*

Oct 2               Basic Photoshop Elements*

Oct                  Hands-On Portrait Workshop

Oct 23             Photoshop for Portraits

Oct 30             Olympus Cameras in Depth

Nov 6              Shooting Digital Video with Corey Messer

Nov 15             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Nov 20            Digital SLR Photography

Spartanburg & Greenville area photography classes!

Spartan Photo Center and Michael Lamb Photography have just announced their fall 2012 photography class schedule.  All classes are Tuesdays from 6-8PM, unless otherwise noted.  These photography classes are designed both the beginning SLR user to the emerging professional.  Not sure what class to start with?  Contact the primary instructor, Michael Lamb, at michael@michaellambphotography.com or 864-497-3093.

* notes classes that are great for, but not limited to, someone new to DSLRs

 Aug 14             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Aug 21              Editing Digital Video with Premier Elements    

Aug 28             Digital SLR Photography*

Sept 4              Canon Cameras In Depth*

Sept 18            *NEW*  Sports Photography

Sept 25            Nikon Cameras In Depth*

Oct 2               Basic Photoshop Elements*

Oct                  Hands-On Portrait Workshop

Oct 23             Photoshop for Portraits

Oct 30             Olympus Cameras in Depth

Nov 6              Shooting Digital Video with Corey Messer

Nov 15             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Nov 20            Digital SLR Photography

Spartanburg & Greenville area photography classes!

Spartan Photo Center and Michael Lamb Photography have just announced their fall 2012 photography class schedule.  All classes are Tuesdays from 6-8PM, unless otherwise noted.  These photography classes are designed both the beginning SLR user to the emerging professional.  Not sure what class to start with?  Contact the primary instructor, Michael Lamb, at michael@michaellambphotography.com or 864-497-3093.

* notes classes that are great for, but not limited to, someone new to DSLRs

 Aug 14             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Aug 21              Editing Digital Video with Premier Elements    

Aug 28             Digital SLR Photography*

Sept 4              Canon Cameras In Depth*

Sept 18            *NEW*  Sports Photography

Sept 25            Nikon Cameras In Depth*

Oct 2               Basic Photoshop Elements*

Oct                  Hands-On Portrait Workshop

Oct 23             Photoshop for Portraits

Oct 30             Olympus Cameras in Depth

Nov 6              Shooting Digital Video with Corey Messer

Nov 15             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Nov 20            Digital SLR Photography

Spartanburg & Greenville area photography classes!

Spartan Photo Center and Michael Lamb Photography have just announced their fall 2012 photography class schedule.  All classes are Tuesdays from 6-8PM, unless otherwise noted.  These photography classes are designed both the beginning SLR user to the emerging professional.  Not sure what class to start with?  Contact the primary instructor, Michael Lamb, at michael@michaellambphotography.com or 864-497-3093.

* notes classes that are great for, but not limited to, someone new to DSLRs

 Aug 14             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Aug 21              Editing Digital Video with Premier Elements    

Aug 28             Digital SLR Photography*

Sept 4              Canon Cameras In Depth*

Sept 18            *NEW*  Sports Photography

Sept 25            Nikon Cameras In Depth*

Oct 2               Basic Photoshop Elements*

Oct                  Hands-On Portrait Workshop

Oct 23             Photoshop for Portraits

Oct 30             Olympus Cameras in Depth

Nov 6              Shooting Digital Video with Corey Messer

Nov 15             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Nov 20            Digital SLR Photography