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Foundations of Photography 2018

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to present the Foundations of Photography Study Series with Andrew Taylor. This is a 6-part educational series dedicated to photographing the automobile. This is an excellent learning experience for the novice or seasoned photographer and everyone in between. It’s also a great opportunity to learn from a fantastic automotive photographer who is closely familiar with each car in the collection and knows all of the best shots. Each session will feature a “Live Photo Shoot Area”, featuring a different exhibit from the Museum. We’ll lower the barricades so you can get up-close to the cars, and we’ll bring out the ladders so you can get unique shots.


Why should I join the Foundations of Photography classes?

You will come away with a deep understanding of the technical and artistic principals of Photography from your attendance of these classes. Your photographic skills will be enhanced from the knowledge learned in the lectures and live photo shoot time in the Museum. You will be able to visualize the world in a more creative way, taking full advantage of the light and shadows available, and have the technical knowledge to be able to creatively capture that scene with your digital camera. You will be able to ask questions and interactively learn how to fully utilize the vast capabilities of your camera. You will also have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars in the Simeone Automotive Museum Collection.

What do you enjoy most about hosting the Foundations of Photography classes?

Helping others to develop a deep understanding of the technical and artistic principals of Photography is what I enjoy the most. I really enjoy helping everyone to better understand and take advantage of all the incredible capabilities that the modern Digital Camera has to offer its owner. No matter your Skill Level… Amateur to Professional, I really believe there is something for everyone to learn who attends my photography classes. Whether it's being able to better see the World Photographically, or compose a scene more creatively, or to learn how to overcome a difficult lighting situation, there is something for everyone to learn.

Can you share with us some of the feedback you’ve received from students?

We’ve had very positive feedback from the students who took the Foundations of Photography classes in 2016. I am hopeful that returning students can build on their knowledge and skills learned last year, and new students will gain even more from the Foundations of Photography classes for 2018. I am very confident that last year’s classes were a success and helped everyone fill in the missing links in their photographic knowledge & creativity. I believe that everyone was able to take away something from the classes that helped them in their own understanding of the technical and artistic components of Photography.


Visitors and Friends of the Museum are no strangers to work of Andrew Taylor. You’ve seen thousands of his pictures on our website, in our books, in our Gift Shop, and all over the Internet. Andrew has most generously agreed to donate his time and talents to produce this program in support of the Museum. We hope you’ll join us for this series of events. Check out the schedule and links below to purchase tickets. Want to see photos from previously offered classes? Visit our Flickr page and search for “Foundations”.

Please note that details are subject to change and will be announced if so.



Class I – Exposure - April 14th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Mille Miglia Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore how to expand your artistic options by giving a deeper understanding of the cyclical relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. This course covers the basic exposure controls provided by all digital SLR cameras, as well as most advanced point-and-shoot models. Learn how to master a camera's metering modes, how to use exposure compensation and bracketing, and much more. By the end of the course, you'll know how to develop an "exposure strategy" that will allow you to effectively employ your exposure knowledge in any shooting situation.

Class II – Composition – May 26th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Targa Floria Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore how Composition can make an interesting subject bland or make an ordinary subject appear beautiful.   The discussion will explore the concepts of composition, from Compositional Tools like the Golden Ratio to more advanced topics such as the way the eye travels through a photo.  The course addresses how the camera differs from the eye to help you see photographically, and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view.   The discussion also examines the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition, and looks at how composition can be improved with a variety of post-production techniques.

Class III – Lenses & Filters – June 9th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Ford vs. Chevy Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore the creative options provided by various kinds of lenses and lens accessories. Lens Aperture and Focal Length will be discussed in detail to provide a better understanding of which lens works best for various situations and why. The course will also include exploring specialty lenses, from an ultra-wide angle, Fisheye, Macro, and Tilt-Shift lenses to ultra-long telephoto lenses & Prime lenses that can add a new dimension to your image perspective. The discussion will also cover understanding Tilt Shift Perspective and Depth of Field. You will learn how lenses are manufactured to better understand why there is such a price & quality difference between them. The discussion will also explore several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters.

Class IV – White Balance, Color Temperature, and Backlighting – July 14th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Bastille Day Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore the art and science of white balance and color temperature.  This course covers how to adjust your camera’s white-balance settings and what to do when auto white balance goes wrong.  The discussion will explore optional aids for white balance calibration, and scenarios where inaccurate color may well enhance, adding to the right stylistic choice.  Backlighting will also be discussed as a way to expand your creative options in your photography.  You will learn ways to make the most of shooting into the sun or a bright light source.

Class V – Flash Fundamentals – August 11th at 10:30am to 11:30am – SCCA Demo Day

Flash is best used like a spice, too much or too little can be bad but used in the right amount and the right way, a flash can be very nice.  Andrew Taylor will explore the concepts and techniques behind effective lighting with flash.   The discussion will start with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in the previous installments of Foundations of Photography Exposure —simple techniques that improve the results from a camera's built-in or Hot-Shoe Flash.   The discussion will include the flash concepts of Fill & Bounce Flash techniques and on using flash as a key light.   The course will also explore topics ranging from syncing flash, repeating flash, to shooting with one or more off-camera flash units and flash accessories.

Class VI – Capturing Speed – October 13th at 10:30am to 11:30am - Enzo Ferrari Demo Day

Andrew Taylor will explore the concepts and techniques behind capturing the sense of motion in photography.  Capturing good action in photography is all about planning ahead.  Action happens fast, so you have to be prepared ahead of time to capture it.  The discussion will explore Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, and Focal Length in the context of Positioning, Panning, and Anticipation in an effort to help everyone capture Speed in their photography.


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