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Beginning DSLR and Mirrorless: 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 and bought yourself a new Digital SLR, but what do all those bits and buttons actually do?  This workshop was created to be a quick and easy way to get acquainted with your digital camera's essential functions, learn how the camera “sees,” and begin taking 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 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 first
• Understanding memory cards and why using the appropriate shooting  
  mode matters
• 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.

Class Schedule

Start Time
End Time
Saturday, March 11th, 2023 10:00 AM 3:30 PM Hopkins Artroom #203

About the Instructor

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Jeff Harrington: Jeff is the Executive Director at the Mpls Photo Center. He worked as a professional photographer early in his career before evolving into film-making and video production. He has worked in advertising and digital media as an executive producer and director. Jeff has been an exhibiting artist these past 30 years in both group exhibitions and one man shows. His emphasis these last few years has been on color "street photography." Jeff enjoys teaching others, and sharing his approach to urban and street photography with his students and MPC Members. Jeff has degrees from SCSU in art, journalism, and marketing.

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The cost of the "Beginning DSLR and Mirrorless: Part 1" class is: $225.00

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