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Photography 101 - Digital Camera Basics

  • Mar 11, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This is an introductory class where you will learn new techniques to improve your photography skills!

The goal for this 2 and a half hour class, is to have a better understanding of your camera settings and how they relate to one another.

You should attend this class, if you wish to learn how to take your camera out of automatic mode and be able to produce images with more artistic qualities and become a more creative photographer.

We will discuss how to set your camera using:


- Shutter Speed

- Aperture

- Focus Points

- Metering

- White Balance

This Class is to designed to teach you some of the fundamentals of basic photography, and how to properly adjust settings in your camera to capture better quality images.  You will learn how to control camera settings and not have to rely on your camera's program modes.

Although many of the cameras today are very smart, I bet you have still noticed, when your camera is in program mode, that your images are not always consistently exposed or focused correctly. We will explore the reason behind this, and help you to have a better understanding of why.

By the end of the class, you should feel more confident in shooting in manual mode, or how to use the various program modes effectively.

We will start the class spending a small amount of time getting acquainted with one another and figuring out what your personal goals and challenges are.

This is a hands-on class!  You should bring your camera, lens, camera manual, and paper and pen for taking notes.

You may need your camera manual, as this is not a class to teach you how to operate your camera, but rather what the controls in your camera do and how to set them to properly achieve the exposure you desire. There are many different camera makes, and models and the controls are usually in different places.  Please understand that I can not individually help each person, in this small time period, find their controls within their camera.  It is best if you try to locate these things, and how to change them, before coming in order to get the most value from the class.


Please email me if you have any questions at:


I will look forward to seeing you there!

- Lori Jill

*This class begins promptly at 6:00pm and will last until 8:30pm.  There is a lot to cover in this small time period so please try to be there on time.

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  • Lori J.

    I have included under the files section of this website (the PDF of the 1 stop exposure chart) for you to download - enjoy! Look under the MORE tab and then FILES.

    July 15, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Couple inexpensive grey cards too: $9 -
    $13 -
    or the one I had - but you really don't need something this big

    and the light meter I have - $309 -
    but this one will work just fine for you too - $233 -

    OK, I hope this helps everyone find some of the tools they may need... See ya soon!

    March 15, 2013

  • Lori J.

    He everyone, just wanted to forward a couple links to you from class the other night.
    Canon shooters - 50mm $339 -
    50mm $104 -
    Nikon shooter - $385 -
    or $197 -

    Both of these lenses come through Amazon but are from Canon or Nikon directly so no worries about the distribution. The cheaper of the two are 1.8 fixed lenses and the more expensive are 1.4. The cost on these two is really more about the glass though. If you have the money.... I'd go with the better glass, but if not then the cheaper one will at least get you a lens with a more open aperture for low light shooting. Simply add them to your cart on Amazon so you don't have to remember which lens it is when you decide if/ when you wish to buy one. I think it will hold your cart for 90days.

    March 15, 2013

  • Jesse H.

    This class was fast & furious in that we had only 2 ½ hours to understand some complex concepts that are key to becoming a better photographer. I believe that Lori really pulled this off. Although I was familiar with the material and adjusted these settings when I shot, I did not fully understand how they affected the outcome of my photos. Lori really helped me to see the important in learning and applying this to my photography. She used samples & examples to help teach us the concepts, and then she took us through scenarios to help bring them home. I believe the key for this class is to understand what she is saying. It’s hard to get everything down pack in this short amount of time. Just make sure you follow the examples, take notes on specific concepts, tips, and rules, and then go home practice and learn it.

    March 13, 2013

    • Lori J.

      wow, Jesse, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review. It makes me happy when I know I have helped someone in some way. THANK YOU!

      March 13, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Hi everyone! I'll see ya in just a little while. If the front door is locked just wait for me a moment. I will be looking for everyone to let them in. My number is[masked] if you should need me.

    March 11, 2013

  • Dina R.

    See you soon!

    March 11, 2013

  • Jesse H.

    I will see you there.

    March 10, 2013

  • Tara

    Newbie here! I would very much like to attend this class! Just need to double check my finances! Being unemployed makes things a bit hard at times! LOL Looking forward to meeting you and the other attendees.

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Ok everybody, it looks like I do not have any RSVPs on here so I'm going to have to cancel and move to next month. If you were hoping to come please RSVP as soon as you can so I will know to leave it on the calendar.

    February 18, 2013

  • Dina R.

    Looking forward for this class!

    1 · February 13, 2013

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