Popular Haarhoff presents advanced photography at Taalmonument

Photography coach Peter Haarhoff and the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) on Paarl Mountain will not only present an advanced photography course on Friday, 8 October 2021; participants also stand the chance to have their best photos professionally printed and viewed in the monument’s public open-air gallery.

This course is ideally suited for persons who have completed a beginner’s photographic course or have a sound understanding of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings, and feel comfortable taking photographs in manual mode, but feel they want to take their photography to the next level. Participants will learn how to take photographs that will stand out from the crowd by exploring more complex camera techniques and applying new thinking to the photographic process. They will also fine-tune the balance between the technical and creative aspects of photography during this enjoyable and practical, bilingual course.

Theory takes place in the classroom after which everyone will practise how to take fantastic photos of man, nature and structure at the picturesque monument. The following aspects will be highlighted:

Camera functions and menu settings
Understanding light, exposure and histogram
Creative use of shutter speeds such as panning, creative blur and long exposures
Multiple exposures
Hyperfocal and back button focus
Slow flash synchronisation, high speed synchronisation, and off camera flash lights
Take portrait, product and still life photographs like a pro
Improve your wildlife photography, especially of birds
Macro and close-up photography
Learn how to photograph stars and the Milky Way

The course is from 09:00 to 16:00, and costs only R500 per person, which includes a free visit to the monument as well as coffee/tea, sweets and a delicious lunch.

Participants must bring their own DSLR camera or any camera with manual control – no cellphone cameras. Places are limited and Covid-19 protocols are adhered to, so please book timely with Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or send an e-mail to bemarking2@taalmuseum.co.za. More on Peter Haarhoff at www.flickr.com/people/peterhaarhoff/ and www.capephotocompany.com

Besides exciting music and other events, the ATM annually presents a series of workshops focusing on the development of basic professional skills. Anyone is welcome to make suggestions for additional workshops. For further information on these and other events, (online) courses and Covid-19 protocols, call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages ​​on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also many resources for school and research projects. Year permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family (currently offered at a 20% discount), which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics. THE LANGUAGE MONUMENT AND LANGUAGE MUSEUM ARE OPEN TO VISITORS – CURRENTLY FREE ENTRY FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18.