SPECIAL - Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography

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START OF YEAR SPECIAL - Two workshops for the price of one!

Learn your new DSLR or mirrorless exchangeable lens camera in this one-time beginner's guide to digital photography. Four hours total tuition, with a half-hour break in the middle. It combines all the knowledge of INTRO1 and INTRO2 workshops for half the price. Suitable for all camera makes including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, FujiFilm, Leica, Pentax, and Sony. Full class notes provided.

PART 1 - INTRO1 - Learn the techniques of taking great pictures - a two hour class for beginners

This class is suitable for digital photographers who may be new to DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras. It is a practical class and takes place in Balboa Park.

Getting to know your camera allows you to use it to its full potential.

Setting your camera for different light situations increases the number of successful shots you take.

Your camera does not see the world like you do. Taking great pictures involves using your camera’s characteristics to compose and capture images. This workshop will teach you to see the world how your camera sees it and shows you how to compose powerful images.

Subjects include:

  • How your camera sees and how it affects your pictures
  • Working with light
  • Reviewing the Histogram and Shooting Information
  • Setting ISO
  • Composing pictures
  • Choosing a file setting (JPEG quality and size, TIFF, RAW)
  • Safe lens handling
  • Holding your camera
  • Setting vibration reduction (image stabilization)
  • Understanding the histogram
  • Reviewing your shots
  • Setting exposure compensation
  • Using fill flash
  • Getting to know scene controls and Programmed Auto

PART 2 - INTRO2 - Combining auto focus, shutter speed, aperture, ISO and White Balance to capture the shot

  • Focusing your camera properly will allow you to capture sharp pictures in all situations even when the subject is moving fast.

  • Knowing about shutter speeds and apertures allows you to get creative with your photography to freeze action, blur movement, and set depth-of-field.

Subjects include:

  • Autofocus settings
  • Understanding apertures, shutter speeds, ISO and how they work together
  • White balance choices
  • Setting apertures and shutter speeds for different effects
  • Shooting with different aperture and shutter speed combinations

Workshop format

The workshop takes place outside at locations in Balboa Park. Some walking may be required as well as periods of standing. You do not need a tripod or other accessories. Please ensure your camera battery is charged and that you have a memory card in your camera. You may bring any lenses you have, but an 18-55mm or kit lens is ideal.

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Event Properties

Event Date 03-04-2023 9:00 am
Event End Date 03-04-2023 1:30 pm
Capacity 16
Individual Price $85.00
Location Museum of Photographic Arts