Layne Kennedy

Get to Know Your Lenses: Portrait, Macro & More

with Layne Kennedy

How do you take command of your composition and control the story? It starts by understanding how each of your lenses can help! Join professional photographer Layne Kennedy and learn techniques that will help you make the most of a variety of lenses: portrait, macro, telephoto, wide-angle and multi-purpose. During class, Layne will demonstrate these must-have techniques on a Nikon DSLR, but you can put your new learnings to use no matter your camera. Along the way, you’ll see how lens factors such as focal length and depth of field will affect your creative options. And for impactful photos, Layne will show you how to create captivating effects such as soft backgrounds, depth exaggeration or compression of the scene. Plus, you’ll learn about camera lenses that are versatile enough to use when you want to travel light.

  • 6 Sessions
  • 1h 53m
Layne Kennedy

Layne Kennedy

From traveling with polar Inuit hunters by dogsled to photographing pink dolphins in the Amazon River, Layne Kennedy has experienced no shortage of the world with camera in hand. A renowned professional photographer, his imagery creates a strong sense of place and can be found in magazines such as LIFE, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and many others. Layne also leads workshops for Mentor Series Photo Treks, Photo Zone Tours and Iceland Tours.

Bonus materials available after purchase

Get to Know Your Lenses - Equipment

How do I know what the Class covers?

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