4 Week Photography and DSLR Operation Class

You know some of the basics, but are ready to call the shots when it comes to setting your camera's functions. No more auto settings for you. This four week class begins with introducing you to Program, Aperture (Av) and Shutter (Tv) modes. How and when to use Exposure Compensation. Discussions on JPEG vs RAW. By the third week you'll be ready to learn about the Exposure Triangle of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. It's full Manual Mode and all the control that comes with it. This class empowers photographers with the ability to make a perfect exposure every time they shoot, and become proficient at, as well as enjoy it! Students master camera settings and the art of metering and white balance selection for proper image capture, histograms and interpreting what your camera's display is showing you.

We'll also discuss what are the lenses to take you to the next level. Controlling focus and dealing with complicated lighting situations. As well as composition principles beyond the Rules of Thirds. Throughout the 4 weeks, participants will have opportunities to experiment shooting with their new skills. The goal is for students to use their digital camera with predictable and repeatable results, and to begin to communicate with their photography instead of just taking snapshots.

This class is offered in association with The Alliance for the Arts. Members of the Alliance can take this class at a discount. By reserving your spot through the Alliance, your help supports the Arts in the Lee County area.

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What we will cover:

• Using Program, Aperture (Av) and Shutter (Tv) modes

• Controlling Exposure

• JPEG, RAW or Both?

• Using the Exposure Triangle of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture

• Exposure Evaluation and Metering

• Histograms and White Balance

• Breaking the Rules of Thirds

• What lenses to use for specific subjects

• Composition dealing with Color, Point of View and Seeing in Shapes.


Instructor: David Dack Maki

Regular Cost: $180

Dates: October 15, 22, 29, November 5


Class Requirements: DSLR Camera (a camera with a removable lens - No Point & Shoot style) and Lens. No prior experience necessary.

Location: On the campus of the Alliance for the Arts in the Edwards Building (Teal and Pink Building), First Floor.10051 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919


Class Size: Minimum of 2 students, maximum of 8


NOTICE: Are classes involve walking up and down stairs, as well as short distances around the grounds. If you have any physical limitations, please let us know so we can make proper accommodations for you.

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