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Basic DSLR Photography Workshop - Exposure & Focus PLUS

Just because it’s basic, doesn’t mean it’s not important. Learn the fundamentals of properly adjusting your camera to obtain the best quality image possible.

Who should attend: Beginner and intermediate photographers that want to take their photography to the next level by understanding the concepts involved in creating better images using their own equipment, and how to put it all into practice.

You’ve spend hundreds of dollars on your DSLR and you're still getting images that are too dark, too light, and/or out of focus, etc. Although the processors in these cameras are very sophisticated, they don’t really know WHAT you are photographing!  This is an interactive workshop where you will bring your camera and learn how to adjust the settings to achieve the proper exposure and focus in your images based on the environment and setting of your shoot.

If you want to learn how to take your camera off of automatic and be able to produce higher quality images, then this workshop is for you.  Now you will learn how to take control of your camera (instead of your camera taking control of you) for the ultimate in creativity.

You will learn:

 the simple relationship of ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed; the how and when to adjust them 

how to shoot in manual and semi-automatic (aperture & shutter priority) modes

 how to fine tune the exposure in your image to obtain the best quality

what is HDR, and how to set up to shoot it

RAW vs JPEG, we'll discuss the pros & cons so that you'll be able to make an intelligent decision

find out why your images don't look like the scene that you thought you captured, and how to correct this

 blurry images? you wanted them razor sharp – Steve will show you how

controlling depth of field (how much of your image is in focus)

 how to properly set your white balance to obtain the best colors in your images

 ….and so much more…..

There will be a handout for you to take notes on along with reference charts to take home as guides to assist you on your next shoot.

What to bring: Your fully charged DSLR camera,  and a pen. 

Optional: Your camera's owners manual (to use as reference if needed), and a highlighter.

Where: The Sleep Inn Hotel Conference Room - 9900 Matthews Park Dr, Matthews, NC  28105

Time: From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Due to the limited number of available spaces, there are no refunds offered for this event.  Please check your upcoming schedule to be certain you are able to attend during this day and time.


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  • Priyanka

    Great class! Being new to photography, it was a great learning experience!

    1 · March 30, 2015

  • shauna

    Wonderful class...ready for the next one !!! Thank you Steve!

    2 · March 29, 2015

  • Loredana C.

    I can't say enough good things about Steve L., he is an awesome person and photographer! Thank you for the class.

    2 · March 28, 2015

  • Maurice G.

    Steve did a great job explaining every area in detail. I learned a lot about histograms, exposure compensation and bracketing. Very informative workshop, looking forward to the next meet up!

    2 · March 28, 2015

  • Malcolm

    Workshop was great and will definitely keep an eye out for others. Greatly appreciate the knowledge.

    2 · March 28, 2015

  • Mercy

    OMG! What an amazing wkshp Steve...can I just connect a usb to your brain and just drag and drop data into mine??? Needless to say EXCELLENT! Time well spent. More, more, more...

    5 · March 28, 2015

  • Darla D.

    Sometimes subject matter experts can't teach--NOT STEVE! He's not only a great photographer but also an excellent teacher. The two topics, exposure and focus, could probably use another hour or two but Steve covered a lot of good material efficiently. Class participants skill level and knowledge of their equipment varied considerably. Also, there were Canons, Nikons and Olympus equipment. Still it seemed that Steve managed to be helpful to everyone.

    3 · March 28, 2015

  • Jay

    Since there quite a few members on the wait list....can the maximum class size be enlarged?

    March 24, 2015

    • Steve L.

      Jay, we are at maximum capacity for this workshop, but due to it's apparent popularity, plan to schedule another one next month. I will put you on my email list. Thank you!

      March 24, 2015

  • Carlin

    May I attend if I don't own a DSLR? I shoot with Fujifilm X100T

    March 19, 2015

    • Steve L.

      This workshop is geared towards DSLR cameras, especially when discussing focus. I will not be covering anything on EVF optics and the specifics regarding how this camera focuses.

      March 20, 2015

  • Jay

    When is payment the event or before.

    March 14, 2015

    • Steve L.

      Payment is due when you sign-up. Thanks.

      March 14, 2015

  • Malcolm

    Just signed up and super excited to have the opportunity to learn more beyond my own exploration and for a reasonable price.

    1 · March 13, 2015

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