Photography 100: Introduction to Digital Photography

  • January 4 · 10:00 AM
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Note that RSVP's for this class open on Saturday, December 28 at 6:00 AM.


Are you new to photography? Do you own a DSLR, mirrorless, or advanced point and shoot camera? Do you want to learn about why your camera functions the way that it does? Then this class is for you.

This class is the first 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 this class. The class size will be limited 25 persons.

This class will be an intensive introduction to the basic concepts of digital photography. It is intended for persons who are new to digital photography, or persons who are moving from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR, or persons who use an advanced point and shoot camera and want to learn more about how it works.

The class will start by introducing the photographic triangle and the concept of stops of exposure, and then will advance to taking pictures in program, aperture, and shutter priority modes. Finally, the class will cover taking pictures in full manual mode, and making adjustments in manual mode to achieve the correct exposure.

Participants must bring their camera manual, because the class will go back to it again and again.

The class will go from 10:30 AM until around 5:45 PM. We will take a Very short break in the middle for lunch.

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

-An introduction to how the camera works

-Camera battery and picture card operation

-Auto focus and manual focus

-Learn exposure: effect of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (the photographic triangle)

-Learn how to use your camera beyond the automatic mode (Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual).

-Manual mode exercise/Getting a correct exposure

-Review of the class materials

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  • antoinette

    Larry an Darlene,
    thanks so much for taking time to teach the class. It was great information. Looking forward to Saturday's class. Thanks Again.
    Antoinette

    January 7

  • Lizette M. C.

    Larry and Darlene, thanks for a very informative class, I learned some new things today. Look forward to the next class.

    5 · January 4

  • Dina

    VERY informative and absolutely well taught!! Can't wait for the next class! (For me to give up watching the first 2 hours of my N.O. Saints in a playoff game, it's gotta be good stuff!!!) Thanks y'all.

    1 · January 6

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Thanks, Dina! Sorry you missed part of your game. When we originally scheduled this, we didn't know who was going to be in the playoffs. ;)

      January 6

    • Dina

      Oh, no worries. I didn't miss any of last weeks game. I'm talking about this week's upcoming game. That's how much I enjoyed the class, that I'm willing to make the ultimate sacrifice! LOL! Great job!

      1 · January 6

  • Stella

    thank you Larry and Darlene. Enjoyed the class very much and looking forward to the next one!!

    1 · January 6

  • Laryssa

    Great class, met a lot of good people. Can't wait till next week's class.

    1 · January 6

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Thanks, Laryssa! It was a good group of people in the class. See you Saturday!

      January 6

  • Rebecca B.

    I enjoyed the class, and I felt I learned a lot about my camera and the concepts that will enable me to take great pictures. I look forward to learning more, absorbing all that is being shown, and applying what I have learned. Thank you Larry and Darlene for sharing your knowledge, understanding and skill with us.

    2 · January 5

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Thanks for your comments, Rebecca! One never quits learning, especially when it comes to photography!

      January 6

  • Glenn S.

    Thank you Larry and Darlene for a great class! You guys were well prepared, and very good at getting us to understand key concepts.... and with such a large group. We''ll try and behave better next time!

    2 · January 5

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Thanks, Glenn! ;) No one misbehaved. Neighbors helping neighbors. We just wait so we don't have people get further behind! See you Saturday!

      January 6

  • Wanda F

    Looking forward to next class..thanks

    January 5

  • Anne

    Excellent class!! Larry and Darlene are both passionate in their love of photography and skilled in their ability to teach key concepts! How wonderful that they offer their time for the benefit of those of us attempting to learn this craft. Thank you!!

    2 · January 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    please give my seat to someone will not be able to attend.

    January 4

    • Larry H.

      Earl, unfortunately, it is very difficult for someone to have 8 hours free at the last minute, so this spot will most likely not be filled. I wish you could have cancelled a bit earlier, but understand that things come up at the last minute.

      January 4

    • A former member
      A former member

      will not bother you again !

      January 4

  • Shiva

    Larry, We went to the other library. Should be there in few minutes.

    January 4

  • Lisa B

    I can take Earls place if that works.

    January 4

  • Lisa B

    Please let me know if you have any last minute cancelations.

    January 4

    • Larry H.

      Lisa, there have been several cancellations in the last day, including one right above your comment. If you want to show up and see if there is room, that is fine. We usually have a number of no shows, also, it's just what happens with these free classes.

      January 4

  • antoinette

    I am trying to find out if there is room for me. I thought I was on the waiting list.... All I have done is sign up to get these emails. I would like to join. thanks, Antoinette[masked]

    January 3

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Antoinette, there are six ahead of you. At this time, we do not know when the class will be given again. It depends on work and family schedules.

      January 3

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Antoinette, please check your email.

      January 3

  • NJ

    Im sorry to have to cancel from this class at such short notice. I have a surprise visit from out of town family tomorrow.

    January 3

  • Lizette M. C.

    Yay looking forward to this class ;)

    1 · January 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, just rec'd word I got in, but made other plans. Hopefully, someone on the waitlist can make it.

    January 3

  • Amy F.

    If there is any room or if someone cancels, I would love to come!!

    January 2

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Amy, if someone drops, the first person on the waitlist will be moved up by the system.

      January 3

  • Donna Crews H.

    I was notified that my wait list was moved to attending. I am so sad, but I cannot make it. Please give someone my seat. I will be caring for my father.

    January 3

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Thank you for letting us know. Please change your RSVP to not attending.

      January 3

  • bobbie

    I'm curious - does the class really go until 8 pm?

    January 3

  • Mark F.

    I don't currently have access to a printer. Will there be copies of the syllabus etc.

    1 · January 3

    • Darlene Wallace W.

      Since the class is free, we do not have printed copies of the syllabus. You can bring an electronic version (tablet or laptop). You may want to bring an extension cord since the class is 8 hrs long. I would also suggest bringing paper to write down settings from the exercises since you won't have printed version.

      January 3

  • Laryssa

    Will we be taking actual pictures and will we need to upload those anywhere at the class.

    January 3

    • Larry H.

      Yes, you will be taking actual pictures with your camera. No, I will not ask you to upload the pictures anywhere. They will be for your own use.

      1 · January 3

    • Wanda F

      I am on the waitlist, can i get in for tomorrow's class.

      January 3

  • antoinette

    I am trying to get in for tomorrows class. Is there any spots available, I have not paid any dues as of yet. Just wanting to get started with my camera and taking better pictures.....Please let me know if there is any room.
    thanks
    Antoinette[masked]

    January 3

  • Larry H.

    Everyone signed up (and on the waiting list):

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

    On the menu bar above, go to More....Files, and download the THREE files with Photo 100 in the name.

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

    Note that there are THREE (3) files!!

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

    January 2

  • jimmy

    I would be glad to video the class if you have a digital camera with enough memory. If recording and posting your class is not an option then maybe you would consider the first two days of sign up for "priority sign up " members- those being the ones who have never taken that specific lesson. After the two days then people who want the refresher may sign up. Or could we consider a larger room to accommodate the larger numbers of members. As you can see, even if I wanted to sign up ( which was my original plan) I could not because you are full and with a waiting list. As we know, many colleges have special classes or seminars with hundreds attending. Just a thought if you want to get those interested in the door. Either way, I think you do a great job of spreading your talents. Thank you

    December 29

    • Larry H.

      James--

      Thank you for your note again. To answer your questions, first, I am not interested at this time in recording and posting the classes online.

      Second, I teach in the rooms that the library has available on the days when I am available to teach. Sometimes I get a big room, other days, a smaller room. The library system is the only one that I know of in Duval County that allows me to book a room without a fee. That's why I use the library rooms. The other problem with larger class sizes is that I lose the ability to give personal attention to those who need it, during the class. We invariably have a couple of folks in the class who have difficulty with the material and require individual attention. Above about 30 students and it becomes unmanageable, trying to give that individual attention.

      December 29

    • Larry H.

      As far as priority signups go, the Meetup.com site doesn't have that feature, so it's not something that we can consider as an option.

      Finally, in the class description, I note when the RSVP's open. This is so that, if someone REALLY WANTS to attend the class, they can get up early and sign up at that time, to ensure that they get into the class. When folks ask me about signups, I usually tell them to get up and RSVP when it opens, because, as happened for this class, the classes fill quickly.

      I hope that these answers are helpful in understanding what we go through in scheduling the classes, but if you have more thoughts, please post them.

      Larry

      2 · December 29

  • jimmy

    great that you offer the classes

    since you seem to be overbooked very quickly, have you considered video recording your class and making it available on youtub by segments. Segment on camera batteries, one segment on ISO, one segment on Aperature priority and so on

    You could record the full class and then post each segment separately so little additional time would be required from you. Great education tool !

    That could also solve the problem of people who have already attended the class and wanting a refresher from taking up scare seats from members wanting to take it for the first time.

    Just a thought. I will take the class if offered later when you don't have such a high demand.

    Thanks for your classes,
    james

    December 29

    • Larry H.

      James, thank you for your thoughtful post, and for taking your time to do it. I have considered recording the classes and posting them, but I barely have the time to do the classes themselves, and my experience has been that the in person classes are much more effective in both the understanding, and long term maintaining, of the material. As far as offering the class later, I never know when I will be able to offer the 3 classes again, as that all depends upon my work and family schedules, and other obligations, just like everyone else. The demand you see for this class is typical since I have been teaching them, and I hope that the demand is an indicator that the classes are useful to the students. I also hope that you will consider attending a later set of classes, if I am able to continue teaching them, and that they prove useful for you. Please tell me if there is anything else that I can answer for you.

      Larry

      1 · December 29

  • Janelle H.

    I am on the waiting list. When will I know that I am able/not able to attend?

    December 28

    • Larry H.

      The RSVP list will be final on Thursday, by the end of the day.

      1 · December 28

  • Fred

    Looking forward to a refresher. It never hurts :-)

    1 · December 28

  • Cathy

    I plan to bring my boyfriend as well. We are learning on the same camera.

    December 28

    • Larry H.

      He will need to RSVP separately.

      December 28

    • Cathy

      No worries he took care of it and we are so excited!

      December 28

  • Dina

    Very excited! I assume this is a "bring your own lunch" deal, right? Or will we break at a nearby eatery?

    December 28

    • Larry H.

      We will break for lunch. You can bring a lunch to eat in, or plan to go out and buy it. Everyone will be on their own.

      1 · December 28

  • Anne

    My first class! Looking forward to it!!

    1 · December 28

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