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Digital Camera Boot Camp 101 (Novice/Beginner)

Are you puzzled by all of the knobs, dials, and settings on your camera – but have been too afraid to try them? Do find yourself confused when see all of the red dots and numbers when you look through the viewfinder or at back of your LCD screen? Have you always shot in “auto” (automatic) mode, but want to graduate to the next step?

Then this class is for you!

This is digital camera class only, and though film cameras will be discussed briefly you should own a digital camera, preferably a DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera – this is typically a camera with interchangeable lenses). If you only own a point and shoot camera, you will still gain a lot of valuable information from this course – but only if your camera has a variety of settings that can be changed.

What to bring to class:

• Your digital camera with a freshly charged battery
• Clean (formatted) memory card.
• Camera strap. The classroom has hard concrete floors!
• Your camera manual.
• Note pad, or note taking device.
• Something to drink.

What Will Be Covered:
• Basic camera care, handling, environment, safety, and proper usage of batteries and memory cards.
• Recommended accessories and tools to enhance your shooting.
• Buying and changing lenses.
• How to use all of your external camera settings: Auto, manual, shutter priority, aperture priority, program mode, landscape, macro, night shot, sport shot, and A-DEP.
• The ISO setting and what means.
• Single shot, low burst mode, high burst mode, and camera timer.
• Single shot vs. Servo mode
• Spot focusing, evaluative focusing.
• Spot metering, evaluative metering, partial metering, center weighted average.
• White balance and different lighting situations.
• Reading and understanding the info your camera displays like a pro.
• Basic internal (pop up) flash use, and why to avoid it.
• The basics of copying your images and post processing.

Classroom Exercises:
Though the majority of the class will be a lecture style experience, we will have some simple shooting exercises to challenge you:
• Changing ISO
• Depth of field exercise.
• Simple portrait and group photo exercise.
• Shooting children and pets.
• Shooting in low light.
• Tips and tricks for great flower, sunset, and landscape photos.

Again, this is a class for beginners, so that everyone feels comfortable together at approximately the same knowledge level. “Know it alls” should refrain from attending.

You should walk out at the end of the day feeling a lot more comfortable about your camera, and with a new confidence for getting some great shots!

This event is open to all CPI Members and the public. You do not have to be a paying member of the CPI to enjoy this workshop.

Cost is $35

Minimum of 2 students required – class maximum is 12

If you are unsure if you can make it to this event, please RSVP No. If you RSVP Yes, be sure to follow through with your reservation. Please annotate any changes to your attendance as soon as possible through the event page. Refunds will not be issued within 48 hours. A 100% refund will be issued within 30 days of the event.

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  • Lee R.

    Great, great class. Thanks so much! I'll be looking for more...after I go practice everything I learned!

    October 28, 2013

  • Christian D.

    I'm glad you all had a good time and learned some new techniques. You all did a fantastic job, and I hope to see you at the CPI again soon!

    October 28, 2013

  • Oana M.

    The fastest 4 hrs I've ever spent. The class was packed with information and practical exercises. It was a great learning experience!

    2 · October 28, 2013

  • Laura K.

    So helpful and jam-packed with great information. It was just what I needed to move past the automatic setting. First time I've taken a photography class where I felt hopeful at the end and not overwhelmed.

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this class full yet or still happening?

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Christian D.

      It is still on Jesse! Come on and join in on the fun!

      October 23, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    I think this would be a excellent opportunity to up grade my camera BEFORE the class and bring the new one into class. Yes?

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • Christian D.

      Hi Lisa - you will need a full blown DSLR before Saturday. May I recommend a Canon from Crutchfield? Let em know if I can help you out.

      October 20, 2013

  • Christian D.

    Great - we now have 3 people signed up! Please spread the word!

    October 6, 2013

  • Deb Y.

    Really wish I could attend, this is just what I need. Unfortunately, I'll be working that day. :(

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Christian D.

      Thanks Deb - we'll have it again I hope. We've only got 2 RSVPs for this one so far.

      October 2, 2013

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