Understanding Aperture: Add Drama to Your Street Photos

Jamal Burger, Photographer

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9 Videos (37m)
    • Introduction

    • What is Aperture

    • Types of Lighting, Times of Day

    • Shooting: Street Photography

    • Shooting: Landscape Photography

    • Editing: Dodging & Burning

    • Editing: Contrast vs. Clarity

    • Editing: Brush Tool

    • Conclusion


About This Class


Aperture is one of the core pillars of good photography, and in this class, Jamal Burger shows us how it works and how it can be used creatively to unlock a dramatic effect in your black & white photos.

Join Jamal for a 35-minute exploration of New York City as he captures street portraits and landscapes — playing with light and aperture along the way.

You’ll learn:

  • How aperture works, and what camera settings can optimize your focus 
  • Which times of day and types of lighting are best for shooting 
  • How to compose interesting street portraits and landscapes
  • 3 key editing tools to enhance your black & white photos 

After shooting around the city, Jamal dives into Adobe Lightroom and shares his tips for sculpting the light even more: 

  • Dodging & Burning 
  • Contrast vs. Clarity 
  • Brush Tool 

At the end of this class, you'll have a starting point to go out and explore the world of black & white photography and bring out the light in your cityscapes.

Learn more from Jamal on Skillshare: Cityscape Photography: Shooting with Symmetry and Perspective and Photo Editing in Lightroom: Make Your Cityscapes Stand Out.

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Very helpful!
Great introductory course on aperture! Nice examples for demos and talking trough the reasoning behind each creative decision.





Jamal Burger


Canadian based photographer Jamal Burger shifts focus between the city and sport through his work. Born and raised in Toronto, his surroundings have inspired his black and white perspective.

Since 2014, Jamal has been sought out by acclaimed brands such as Jordan, Nike, Apple and more. On a social level, he has amassed a following of over 200 thousand followers organically. 

His fascination with documenting the now to showcase years down the line has brought him into new, exciting places to expand his perspective and further gain experience in his everyday photography. 

From Tokyo to New York, Jamal finds his niche in the city, where high energy and constant movement are prevalent. Jamal sees the camera as a means to capturing the fleeing moment in a concentrated, thoughtfully approached manor.

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