Understanding Aperture: Add Drama to Your Street Photos Premium class

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.

48 of 50 students recommendSee All

Well spoken coverage of broad themes. But be aware that post-shoot optimisation is in Lightroom (not Photoshop).
Peter Grundy

An eye for design

Nice tips! Thx Jamal!
Oriol O


Jamal's passion for photography and giving back really shines through in this class. The "Shooting" lessons are enjoyable to follow as he roams around NYC, sharing tips along the way; and his "Editing" lessons will arm you with 3 specific tools that you can start using right away to enhance the lights and darks in your images. I’d recommend this class to any beginner or up-and-coming photographer looking to better understand camera settings and Lightroom, and explore the world of black & white photography.
Zack Kinslow

Content Manager, Skillshare





Jamal Burger


I enjoy taking on projects relevant to what I believe in and embody. 

Huge on sports, lifestyle and shooting in the city. I am a former Kinesiology student from the University of Toronto, and a long-time sneaker enthusiast.  

I enjoy taking on projects with brands corporate, mid-level and personal. With every project, I always try to take something conventional and add a twist to make it stand out for the brand, as well as me staying true to my vision.

Passion is important to me. I would love for you to share yours.