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Photography: Digital 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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Enrollment will start September 1, 2015

This hands-on workshop helps you create great images without getting lost in technology. Four 3-hour sessions will answer your technical questions, and allow you to progress to the creative side of using your camera. Using images and real-world analogies to demonstrate choices of apertures, speeds, picture settings, ISO settings and filters, we make learning photography intuitive and fun.

Weather permitting, we will venture outside for a shoot or two. Weekly assignments 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
  • picture settings
  • sensor cleaning
  • sensor size
  • care and handling
  • zooming
  • other lenses
Controlling Exposure
  • apertures
  • ISO settings
  • shutter speed
  • white balance
  • photographing indoors
Seeing and Composing
  • color and compositional awareness
  • black and white—seeing in tones
  • it’s all about the 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
  • printing photos yourself
  • having others print your photos
  • preparing photos for web use

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


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

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

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