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Beginning Digital Photography:Part 1

Class Description

" The shroud of mystery surrounding my new camera has been lifted! My fear of knobs & buttons has been lessened."
- Beginning Digital Attendee

You are beginning digital photography and have just joined the world of amateur photography? This class was created to be a quick and easy way to get acquainted with your digital cameras essential functions, learn how the camera “sees,” and begin tak-ing great pictures.
Are you new to digital SLR photography? Or are you simply ready to go beyond Auto mode to start using the real power of your camera?
In this class you will learn the basics of the dSLR, which menu items are the most important, and how to access and set them on your particular camera. You will learn how to take sharp, well-exposed images and how to create blur when and where you need it. You will learn basic principles of composition.
We will take time to experiment and shoot indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) what we’ve learned, then discuss as a group, and learn from each other’s work.
After shooting, we eat a delicious lunch provided by the Photo Center, followed by a discussion on light - creating ideal light conditions and working with a few lighting challenges when photographing people. Use of supplemental light including flash will be introduced.
The goal will always be to have fun with your camera and create pictures you will enjoy.

Topics Covered:
• Proper Exposure - the relationship   
  between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
• Camera modes - Manual, Aperture
  Priority, Shutter Priority, “P” and
  different reasons for their use
• Use of aperture, focal length, and/or
  distance to creatively control the area
  of acceptable sharpness (depth of field)
• Deciding which exposure items to set
• Understanding memory cards and why
  using the appropriate shooting mode
• Tripods - when do you need one and
  which type

Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated:

  • Understand the relationship between f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Know when to use aperture priority, shutter priority, and even “P” mode
  • Use f-stop to creatively control focus
  • Set ISO for various light conditions
  • Shoot in raw mode
  • Know when you need to use a tripod, and how to use one
  • Compose pictures artistically
  • Use fill-flash to soften harsh shadows
  • Adjust the exposure when the camera gets it wrong

Class Requirements

Have a digital camera that can use manual exposure mode. Please bring the owner’s manual for your camera.

If you have any special dietary needs, we do have a full kitchen so you can bring your own.

Class Schedule

Start Time
End Time
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 9:30 AM 3:30 PM CoOp Studio

About the Instructor

Instructor Photo

Steve Bye: After shutting down his wet darkroom many years ago, Steve's interest in photography was rekindled when the first photo inkjet printers became available. Though their quality at the time was not very good, digital photography using inkjet printers seemed worth investigating. Now, fifteen years later, Steve is an Adobe Certified Instructor of Photoshop. Steve's strength as a teacher is in explaining difficult concepts in easily understandable ways, a skill learned while at Hewlett-Packard as a trainer, engineer, and R&D project manager.

Register for this Class

The cost of the "Beginning Digital Photography:Part 1" class is: $195.00

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