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Photography: Basic Camera Skills

Skill Level Introductory

$575 • four days (12 hours)
meets 1:30pm–4:30pm

Not currently scheduled, but available for custom training upon request

Class Description

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This very hands-on workshop helps you create great images without getting lost in technology.

Four 3-hour sessions will unveil the mysteries of your camera, and give you the confidence to progress to creative photography. Photographic examples and in-class exercises will demonstrate how your choice of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to make images where you are in control.

Weather permitting, we will venture outside for shoots. Weekly assignments, and individual reviews of that work will reinforce class content and speed your progress.

what we cover—in detail

(always customized for the students in attendance)

Know your Camera
  • manual and autofocus
  • picking the correct light setting for the situation
  • sensor cleaning
  • sensor size
  • care and handling
  • zooming
  • focal length
  • lenses
Controlling Exposure
  • apertures
  • ISO settings
  • shutter speed
  • white balance
  • photographing indoors + out
  • using flash
Seeing and Composing
  • it’s all about the light
  • open shade
  • color and compositional awareness
  • truly seeing the color of light
Creative Choices
  • depth of field
  • selective focus
  • using light to your advantage
Working with your files
  • why shoot RAW?
  • file formats, lossy vs. nonlosssy
  • processing your RAW and JPEG picture files for precise creative results.
Using your photos
  • sharing your photos
  • preparing photos for web use

Knights & Damsels, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. © 2015 Carla Fraga


Bring your gear! In general, any camera that can record raw files, and/or that has a hot shoe for external flash is sufficient for the class.

To truly get the most out of this course, bring a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR). An advanced compact camera, such as the Canon Power Shot G series or Panasonic Lumix is a good alternative.

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