Introduction to the Camera

It's our goal to introduce new photographers to their SLR or mirrorless cameras, camera functions and basic photography concepts in order to obtain full use of the modern-day digital camera. The class will introduce students to photography fundamentals like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Step by step students will learn how to navigate their digital cameras, maximize the potential of the camera, creatively control and master their camera. All while allowing students to ask qurstions and revieve one-on-one attention from a professional photographer. With easy, simple instruction participants will walk away from the class understanding the capabilities of their camera and image making.


1. Camera Basics

– Parts of a camera
– Setting up your camera
– Picture profiles
– Intro to the lens
– Intro to the flash

2. The Exposure


– How to measure the light
– The light meter
– Aperture priority mode
– Shutter mode
– Manual Mode
– Aperture (F-Stop), Shutter Speed & ISO 

3. Exercises

– Depth of field
– Freezing the moment
– Working with natural light

Composition + Storytelling

It doesn't matter what camera you have or what lenses you use if you don't know how to compose a good photo. The best camera on the planet wont make a good image, it takes an clear understanding of concepts like balance, symmetry, shapes, color theory and more to make a great image. This class we will focus on how to make an interesting photo and by the end you'll have the skills, understanding and confidence to make a good image no matter what the subject. Here is what we will focus on:


1. Composition Basics

– Understanding Rule of Thirds
– Using Patterns, Framing, Texture
– Basic Color Theory
– Using Depth of Field

2. Storytelling


– Shoot wide, Shoot tight
– Perspective
– Detail awareness
– Death to the snapshot

3. Exercises

– Photo walk
– Basic Portrait
– Photo critique

Photo Critique

The best way to learn is to have an objective eye look at and review your work. You'll come with a sampling of your images on your computer, tablet or prints and we'll discuss them at length. We will talk about what works, what doesn't and why. The goal of a photo critique is to dig into your photos and find the what is working and what doesn't and then discuss how they could improve. It doesn't sound as painful as it sounds, even the most professional photographers have room to improve and you will walk away encouraged and ready some new techniques. 

 Photo by Demitri Popov

Photo by Demitri Popov

Why do a photo critique?

Why Do One

  1. To find out if your photos are communicating what you intend.
  2. To hear an objective perspective on the emotional impact of the image.
  3. To understand how post processing tools increase or decreases the photo impact
  4. To learn self-editing
  5. To discover your personal photography style
  6. To expand your vision and grow as an photographer