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Winter Photography Classes at Chungdahm

Posted on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 11:36 AM

At Chungdahm there are plenty of opportunities to branch out and do a variety of things for the company. One of the opportunities that I have been involved in, is teaching photography class to Chungdahm instructors. I have taught photo class for three semesters now and I am currently busy with the winter semester photography group.  Every week I focus on teaching new skills to beginners/intermediate photographers. This is a lot of fun and I really enjoy using my other skills outside of the classroom. Other Chungdahm events I have been involved in have included working on the Task Force Team at Headquarters, Winter School, and I-learning Clinics.
 Winter semester is brutal for shooting photography outdoors and most of our class members are from  warmer climates, including myself. Nonetheless, we brave the cold and have a good time and practice our skills together. Here is a brief idea of what we have been up to:
 Week 2 :Framing
 In week 2, we learned about framing techniques and how to make use of the surrounding elements to frame  subjects in an interesting and creative way. We met at Chungdahm training center in Cheongdahm and I taught  using the smart classroom to illustrate framing techniques. After an hour the students and I ventured into the freezing cold to a nearby park and practiced various framing situations. Some students used the outdoor gym equipment, others used the park tires and the forest.
 Week 3: Creative Lighting
 In week 3, we focused on learning different creative lighting situations and how to shoot them. The lesson focused on studio lighting, ISO differences at day and night, light painting and various outdoor light scenes. After learning and practicing this in class, the  students and myself,  headed outside to shoot different lighting situations. I also brought a candle to class and we used this for low-light photography practicing.  Another situation was  using the morning sun-light for head lighting and halo effects. At first we played around with things we learned in the previous week, which was motion blur and aperture effects. The students moved their cameras around the candle in a circular movement on a slower shutter speed and this created a circular motion that produced  light painting effect around the outer rims of the candle.
 Week 4: Flash Photography 
We learned flash photography during week 4 of photo class. Flash photography is something many photography students are interested in. The students and myself met in Gangnam to learn photography out on set. First, we practiced indoor flash in a cafe using various backgrounds and different techniques to bounce colors off the ceilings and walls. Then the students practiced using indoor light using outdoor light from behind the subject. This type of flash to use from behind the subject is a difficult balance to achieve with an external flash. The students had to learn how to balance the harsher light with the flash's projection. After the cafe we practiced some flash outdoors. Amateur photographers generally think that using flash outside with sunlight could look unnatural but in fact if you use it properly this does not have to be the case.
 Week 5: Macro and Long Lenses
 In week 5, we practiced macro and long lens photography in Jamsil area. We met out on location and I brought my special macro and long lenses to class. Since most students have Canon lenses we could interchange and switch lenses according to what we wanted to shoot. Shooting with a Macro lens is a lot of fun. Macro lenses shoot things really close in a lot of detail. For example, you can shoot an eye in great detail or capture an ant on the floor going about his daily business. Long lenses on the other hand can shoot subject matter from a greater distance, so the students were enjoying creeping up on interesting subjects without them even knowing about it. The rest of the class was spent on top of Jamsil Lotte Tower practicing long lens photography and landscape photography.
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It is no surprise that Tijana Huysamen, a South African born Capetownian, avid traveler and travel journalist, fell in love with South Korea and its people. After Tijana arrived in South Korea in 2010, she had the opportunity to live in the heart of the Korean countryside. During her time spent in Chungnam province she learned to speak Korean, prepare Korean food and experience the humble nature of the countryside people.  After a year break in New York, Tijana jumped at the opportunity to return to Korea again, and is currently working at the CDI Jamsil Branch, in Jamsil, Seoul. Read Tijana’s Aclipse blog to gain a unique perspective on Korea and her shared experiences and adventures both in a major city and in the countryside. Follow Tijana on Twitter @TeeAnni or email tijanahuysamen120@hotmail.com to request more information on teaching in Korea!

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