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2020 Foundations of Photography

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is proud to present our 2020 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.

During the Demo Day at noon, participants of the photography class will also be allowed to stand in a special roped off area to practice what they learned in the photography class during the driving portion of the Demo Day.

Our 2020 Foundations of Photography course is only $25.00 per session or $25.00 for all six.

To order all classes select March 14th as the first date and purchase a ticket for all classes. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum Members receive a $5.00 discount per class.

101: Exposure

March 14th – Celebrity Cars 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 the 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 conclusion 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.

102: Composition

April 11th – Road & Track 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 session addresses how the camera differs from the eye to help you see photographically, and introduces composition fundamentals, such as balance and point of view. Andrew breaks down the importance of geometry, light, and color in composition. Finally, we explore how composition can be improved through the use of a number of post-processing techniques.

103: Lenses and Filters

May 9th – Team Managers Demo Day

Mr. Taylor will explore the creative options provided by various kinds of lenses and lens accessories. The class will specifically examine lens aperture and focal length and how they relate to proper lens use. The course will also include exploring specialty lenses, from 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. Class instruction will examine the manufacture of lens and how that affects their price and quality. The discussion will conclude with the discussion of common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters.

104: White Balance, Color Temp, and Backlighting

July 11th – Mercedes 1955 Demo Day

The class 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 the 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.

105: Flash Fundamentals

Aug. 8th – Breaking the Racing Ban Demo Day

Flash is best used as 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 starts with fundamentals that build on exposure principles taught in the previous installments of Foundations of Photography –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.

106: Capturing Speed

October 24th – Mille Miglia 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. This class will explore shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focal length. The discussion will also cover camera settings such as burst mode, multi & single point focusing, and focus point positioning. Students will also examines the importance of positioning, panning, location, and anticipation in an effort to help everyone capture speed in photography.

See what 2020 Foundation of Photography is all about with these photos from previous sessions.

Hours and Info

6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Tuesday – Friday 10AM through 6PM
Saturday – Sunday 10AM through 4PM
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays

About the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.

Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.

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The Simeone Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 4th in observance of Easter.