DSLR 101

DSLR 101 – Camera Basics


One of the best ways to leave a legacy for your families is through capturing your lives in photographs.  It is truly the best way to preserve the stories of who you are and where you came from.  The advancement of digital photography has made it not only widely accessible, but also affordable to tap into that side of our creativity and expression.

Three years ago, I began to realize as more and more people were picking up DSLR cameras, that there was so much that was missing.  Simply powering on the camera and firing away on fully automatic, yields great results…about 50% of the time.  That may seem like a great chance at capturing an award winning photo, but there is so much you are missing.

These observations left me wanting to create an affordable and understandable set of classes that would empower people to leave behind the automatic settings, to switch over to manual and to ultimately use this knowledge to better capture the their lives.

If you fit into these categories, these classes are for you.  I teach classes in small groups of 15 and strive to make them informative, fun and easy to understand and learn no matter what level you come in at!

Class Description

In this class, we’ll focus primarily on manual exposure (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, reading light meter).  This is the hardest but most valuable concept to learn.  I like to teach it first as it is the foundation of everything else we will learn in both classes.

There will be an emphasis on learning how these concepts will not only expand your creativity, but also help you take better photos in both low light and high contrast environments. We’ll do practical exercises on how to use Depth of Field and Shutter Speed to blur and freeze action. And lastly we’ll discuss using natural light to enhance your images and exchange basic composition tips.

We will cover the following topics in this course:

  • Manual Exposure (ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed)
  • Light Meter (how to read it to ensure proper exposure)
  • Natural Light (how to recognize and use it to enhance your photographs)

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