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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 class 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, February 17th, 2024 10:00 AM 3:30 PM Van Buren NE #170

About the Instructor

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Curtis Juliber: New York City native Curtis Juliber previously worked for 16 years at Apple Computer in various sales and marketing roles, working with many Twin Cities's ad agencies and publishing organizations. He has an MBA from Minnesota State University and a BSE from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Curtis has been working with digital images since 1994 and is always investigating software technologies to enhance his digital darkroom.

Register for this Class

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

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Please Note: This class is currently full. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on a waiting list and advised of the next scheduled class. In the meantime you might consider our One on One personalized education options with our trained professionals.

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