Photography 101: Hands on Introduction to the Digital Camera

  • November 9, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Are you new to digital photography, or making the switch to digital from film? Do you have an understanding of photographic concepts, but want to learn how they translate to your camera? Do you want to learn some of your camera's features, and how to use them? Do you own a DSLR, mirrorless, or advanced point and shoot camera? Then this class is for you.

This class is the second of a 3-part series (Photography 100, 101, and 102). I highly recommend that you consider signing up for all three classes, especially if you are new to digital photography. Each of the three classes has its own meetup page, and you must sign up on each page individually, if you wish to attend each class.

There is no cost for the class. The class size will be limited 30 persons.

RSVP's for this class open on Saturday, October 26, at 6:00 AM, and close on Thursday, November 7, at 8:00 AM.

This class will be an intensive hands-on session on learning how to operate the camera. We will learn where the camera controls are, and what they do. The emphasis will be on hands on manipulation of the camera settings. Participants must bring their camera manual, because the class will go back to it again and again.

The class will go from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM. We will break in the middle for lunch.

Note the class prerequisites: Your attendance in the class assumes that you understand the following:

ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture, and how the three relate to each other.

Also, the class assumes that you understand the concept of stops of exposure. In other words, if the instructor tells you to increase your exposure by two stops using aperture, you understand what that means and can do it on your camera.

If you don't understand the above, please sign up for the Photo 100 class before attending this class.

Class requirements for everyone:

- Bring something to take notes.

- Digital camera with fresh batteries.
- Empty memory card.
- The camera's instruction manual.

For this, you will need the 100+ page camera manual. If the only printed material that you have is a quick start guide or something that is less than 30 or 40 pages, then that is not the camera manual. The manual will either be on your camera's DVD, or you will have to download it before class. If you don't bring the full manual with you, you will not be able to keep up in the class.


Syllabus

-Introduction and Quiz/Review on the prerequisites

-Review of Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Modes.

-Exposure compensation

-Highlight Alert

-Understanding the Histogram

-White Balance and the color of light.

-Metering modes

-AF and Drive modes.

-Setting the AF point

-Image Quality (raw and jpg)

-All about lenses

-Understanding IS/VR

-Review exercise

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  • Joe S.

    exhalant class.

    November 14, 2013

  • Della-Marie P.

    Larry is a great instructor & Darlene & Andrew are indispensable in their help & knowledge of photography. I look forward to learning so much more & become a truly proficient photographer. Thank you for your time & knowledge.

    November 10, 2013

  • Dagmar

    Excellent course to learn about your digital SLR Camera. Larry is an excellent teacher who makes the material understandable with a combination of simplified technical information about the concepts and hands on practice using your own camera . I have learned a lot in this class and Photography 100 a few wks ago. Look forward to Larry's third class in this series next week.

    November 9, 2013

  • Mike J.

    I had a great time. Even though I consider myself as an advanced amateur, I still learned a few things! Great Job Larry and company!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Erlinda V. L.

    Excellent Class, I loved it, wish I could make the next class, but I am out of town. Can't wait for further classes.

    November 9, 2013

  • Daryll C.

    Excellent class! Thanks again Larry, Darlene and Andrew for a job well done.

    November 9, 2013

  • Mike J.

    OMG.... When did the hours change????

    November 9, 2013

    • Kimberly S.

      Last weekend

      November 9, 2013

    • Mike J.

      *looking like a deer caught in a set of head lights* well at least I have a good parking space! !!! LOL

      November 9, 2013

  • Brian B.

    I have a Nikon DSLR 7000 and read the manual 3 times and applied photography basics. I'm having problems taking excellent photos. I tried either using f-stop or aperture settings. Is there anyone who is proficient with Nikon cameras?

    1 · November 8, 2013

    • Mike J.

      Brian I wouldnt say im proficient but all ive ever shot with was nikon.

      November 9, 2013

  • Mike J.

    Its 3 cars in the parking lot!!!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

    November 9, 2013

  • Shoshana W.

    I'm incredibly sorry, but I can't make it today

    November 9, 2013

  • Erica

    Duty calls yet again...hopefully I'll make it to this class this lifetime

    November 8, 2013

  • Brian B.

    I will be there tomorrow for the class.

    November 8, 2013

  • Lizette M. C.

    Btw... will there be another Photo 100 class offered?

    November 8, 2013

  • Mark F.

    Not going to be able to make it. My grandfather passed this morning.

    November 8, 2013

    • Daryll C.

      Sorry to hear that, Mark. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

      November 8, 2013

    • Lizette M. C.

      Sorry for your loss Mark

      November 8, 2013

  • Lizette M. C.

    Although I am on the waiting list, I would not have been able to make it tomorrow due to having the flu :( I look forward to other classes

    November 8, 2013

  • Shoshana W.

    I am only going to be able to make half the class, so if you want to give up my spot, please do, if not I'm looking forward to the half I can attend

    November 7, 2013

  • Larry H.

    Another thought, some advice. You all may also want to download and bring the Photo 100 Photographic Triangle handout, as it provides the basis of what we are doing. Just a thought, not required, though.

    November 5, 2013

  • Larry H.

    Everyone signed up (and on the waiting list):

    I have uploaded the syllabus for the class to the site.

    On the menu bar above, go to More....Files, and download the file with Photo 101 in the name.

    You will need to have it in class, either paper or electronic, your choice. My advice is to have it in paper, because then you can take notes right on it, but it's each student's individual choice.

    If anyone has any questions, drop me an email, and see everyone on Saturday!!

    November 5, 2013

  • Lizette M. C.

    With 3ppl not able to make it, how do we move from wait list status? I'm looking forward to joining, thanks

    November 5, 2013

    • Kimberly S.

      Lizette, the meetup website will automatically place people from the "waitlist" to the "attending" list based on availability and in the order of signing up for the class

      November 5, 2013

  • Glenn S.

    I had a new (old) canon slr ready for delivery this week, and was looking forward to the class. The deal fell through, so for now I will give up the spot. I want to reset when I get the next camera!

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Stephen D.

    My work schedule changed I will not be able to attend

    November 4, 2013

  • Scott

    Looking forward to the class. Most of my photography is underwater, but I still want to know how to get the most from my camera in general.

    November 3, 2013

  • Mike J.

    Looking forward to jmeeting you guys and learning

    October 30, 2013

  • Jill C.

    I just wanted to let everyone know that the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is having their 5th anniversary celebration on the same day as our class. They are 5 minutes up the road from the library, so I was thinking that we could pop over there before class or during our lunch break and snag a few pics :) They will also have a food truck there (Up in Smoke BBQ is scheduled to be there), so you could also grab lunch on the way out!
    Here is the website if you want to get more info on the event or the arboretum in general.
    http://www.jacksonvillearboretum.org/

    October 28, 2013

    • Dagmar

      Sounds like a v nice idea, but time would be limited. The arboretum special event is held 9AM-3PM. Timewise, would it be faster to take Monument from Regency directly to the Arboretum ( on Millcoe) or Atlantic, and then 295 to the Monument exit near Millcoe?

      October 28, 2013

    • Jill C.

      If you are going before class and are already on 295, I would say that it would be faster to take 295 to Monument, then turn on Millcoe (Millcoe is right next to 295). If you are going from class (on lunch), take Monument down to Millcoe. The turn is immediately after 295 on the left :)

      October 29, 2013

  • Dave B

    Can't wait!

    October 28, 2013

  • Patrick N.

    Looking forward to it!

    October 26, 2013

  • Della-Marie P.

    I, too, am greatly looking forward to this class. I finally had my 'AHA!' understanding of things with Larry's wonderful teaching of the first class last weekend & i am looking forward to see if this old brain of mine can actually build on to that!!! (Now THAT'S exciting! LOL!)

    Larry, Darlene & Andrew-you are all fabulous at teaching & helping those of us who need a little extra explaining. Thank you ALL!!!!!

    October 26, 2013

  • Courtney

    Looking forward to this second class! I enjoyed the first class. :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Lizette M. C.

    I see posts from September asking about the RSVP being closed... has anyone gotten responses??

    October 11, 2013

    • Larry H.

      Lizette, did you read any of the comments below, before asking your two questions? As I noted below, I wrote a full explanation for why the RSVP's are held back, for all of the classes, in the comments for the Photo 100 class. Please go to the page for that meetup, and read what I said. If you still have questions after that, please contact me directly, via email.

      October 13, 2013

  • Lizette M. C.

    Why are the RSVPs closed so early and it's showing only 1 person attending? I am interested in attending, please advise, thanks

    October 11, 2013

  • Larry H.

    I have had to move this back a week, due to a work obligation.

    October 11, 2013

  • Larry H.

    Please see my comment in the Photo 100 Meetup about why the signups are held until 2 weeks prior to the class.

    September 22, 2013

  • Cherrie M.

    If there is a waiting list or the class is still open I would like to be put on one of those lists.

    September 22, 2013

  • Mary R.

    Says rsvp closed ???

    September 22, 2013

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