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I Just Got a New Camera for Christmas, Now What? Workshop

Yipppppeeeeee!  You got the camera you always wanted for Christmas, you've read the manual and now you wish you really knew how to get the most out of your new, camera phone,  point and shoot or digital SLR.

This is yet another in our Beginner to Intermediate Photography Workshops.  We will focus on the basics of getting to know your camera and how these basic camera setting relate to taking great photos or not.  When to use Automatic Mode or Program Mode will be covered as will Manual Mode.   I will breakdown each of these mode settings into simple concepts.

Once mastered or at least vaguely understood :-), we can then move to configuring auto-focus and how to properly light your images with your camera's onboard flash.

Let's meet at Starbucks over at North Hills and discuss these topics over a cup of tea.

Workshop Materials: One handout and I will be white boarding all concepts. Please feel free to photograph my whiteboards to take back home with you for further study. I will also send out any website links discussed during the workshop.

2:00 to 2:15: Meet and greet.

2:15 to 3:00: Discuss when to use certain modes when shooting, i.e., A, M, P, S or A

3:00 to 3:15: Discuss autofoucus

3:15 to 3:45: Discuss proper flash techniques and experimenting with your camera's on-board flash.

3:45 to 4:00 PM

***Try to bring your camera's manual just in case I can't figure out where a setting is.  I am most familiar with Nikon and Canon DSLR camera's, but I haven't met a point and shoot I didn't like.


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  • Jim N.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out. I had a nice time.

    1 · December 29, 2012

    • S. W.

      Thank you again for the lesson. It was really good meeting everyone.

      December 29, 2012

  • KathieyV

    Thanks! Had a nice time and learned a bunch too:-)

    December 29, 2012

  • JudyC

    wish this could be during the day!
    I'm about an hour from N Hills & don't like driving at night that much, esp. in places I'm not that familiar with!

    any chance of moving it to the daytime?? Sounds like a great workshop!

    December 10, 2012

    • JudyC

      this is just nuts! The camera does not seem to be in this house! I do NOT remember taking it out, where I might have lost it! I have a bad little puppy who is always stealing stuff, but I don't think she got the camera -- don't think it was anyplace where she could get it! Did I stupidly throw it away???? ack!

      1 · December 13, 2012

    • JudyC

      FOUND! In my dog training bag!!!!

      December 13, 2012

  • Carrie

    What topics will be discussed? I've had my camera a couple of years but I have much more to learn.

    December 11, 2012

    • Jim N.

      Hi Carrie ~ what can I clarify for you in the description of the meetup? I thought I was clear in the subject matter put forth. Do I need to get a bit more detailed? I can and it will be no problem, but I am not sure how much detail I should offer. I didn't want to overwhelm new users with a bunch of techie talk. Ok?

      December 11, 2012

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