Introduction to Digital Photography

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Skill Level: Beginner. Bring: Your camera and manual. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets.

This is the first in a series of 2 short classes to teach you the basics of digital photography. The idea is to break it all down into small blocks of enjoyable Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons rather than exhausting and overwhelming full day classes.

The first evening we will focus on the easiest things you can do with your camera to improve your photography.

Know your Camera: One Button and Dial at the Time

It’s amazing how many photographers never looked at their manual and still don't know half the buttons they're looking at. Just like driving a car, the first thing you need to know is the function of the most common buttons and dials on your camera, just in case you hit one by accident.

Don't worry, we won't be diving into every advanced setting in your menu: More advanced settings and associated photo techniques will be covered in the next module once you're more confident with your camera.

Expose Better The Easy Way, and Learn in the Process: Common Scenarios and Easy Scene Settings

Did you ever wonder what all of those scene modes on your camera are all about? Did you just randomly pick one since it accidentally looked the best and left it that way for months or years? You're not the only one. I hear that all the time. Leave it in P "Professional" mode and forget about it, right. ;-)

Well, believe it or not, but truly understanding scene modes such as landscape, sports or portrait are a great way to immediately improve your results while getting an easy intro into semi and full manual modes.

After using them for a while, it will be much easier for you to learn full manual exposure, every serious photographer's final destination. Keep in mind that we're not going to dive into full manual exposure at this point. That will be covered in the next modules. After all, you will need some time to digest and apply everything that you learned.


Are you getting too many blurry shots? I will show you the correct way of focusing and what to focus on depending on the scene you're looking at. You should be able to master the focus and recompose technique after this night: Essential know-how for every photographer. We will also look at the different types of auto-focus modes on today's cameras and how to do it fully manually.

Basic Composition

Using the right composition for your photographs will vastly improve your results. We'll take a look at the most common ways to compose and what to avoid in certain scenarios.

When to turn the Flash On, or Not

Have you ever seen people flashing at the moon? It makes me chuckle every single time. I'm gonna make sure that after this class you won't be using your (built-in) flash the wrong way anymore. I will explain some typical scenarios where a (fill) flash makes sense, and when it’s better to just turn it off completely.

We're also going to briefly discuss tripods and when it makes sense to use one versus a flash.

Questions & Answers

As time allows, we will spend the rest of the class answering any questions you might have. Make sure you bring your manual, if you have any specific questions about your camera. Every model is different, even within the same brand.

Cost: $25 per Person Cash or $29 Credit/Debit at the Door: For Space Rental, Snacks/Drinks and Group Overhead.

Seating is Limited and on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please Arrive Early for best seating.

If there are less than 10 RSVPs, this class might be rescheduled.

Thanks and see you all there!

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