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Most classes require nothing more than your interest in how to create better photographs. Regardless of your level of experience, whether your choice of camera is a point and shoot or a fully manual SLR, chances are that there are workshops that you’ll find helpful. Film or digital capture are acceptable for all workshops. Please check the course descriptions for further details or contact Sam if you have questions.
There’s a lot to consider when buying a camera and many of these consideration are unique to each photographer.
While it’s good to ask for recommendations, nothing beats learning a bit about cameras and researching your purchase options based on your own criteria.
The only recommendations I’m comfortable making is that if you want to get the most out of your photography, get a camera that offers a fully manual exposure mode option. Raw and Jpg file types are nice as well as a variety of metering patterns/modes including spot metering. A DSLR or an SLR offers the most flexibility in terms of equipment.
Other things to consider are:
- Your budget.
- Reputation of the manufacturer.
- How the camera feels in your hands.
- Does the camera offer a fully manual exposure option? (Can you set your aperture, shutter speed and ISO separately-manually?)
- Make sure that the camera comes with a FULL version of the owners manual.
- Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer. (Locally In Washington DC I like Pro Photo)
- Sensor size.
Some extras that you should consider purchasing:
- A UV filter to protect your lens. (Don’t let the sales people try to sell you anything more than that as a necessary filter).
- An extra set of batteries.
- An extra charger.
- Memory cards.
After you’ve narrowed down your choices, bring a list of your selections into a camera store, find a patient salesperson, and ask the salesperson to let you see how the camera operates. Ask them to show you how to change aperture, shutter speed and ISO in manual exposure mode and after they show you, you try it.
Whatever one feels most comfortable for you to operate and understand, is the one you should get.
If you miss a meeting during a multi-week class, you can make up that meeting free of charge . Only one meeting can be made up for free. If more than one meeting is missed there is a charge for making up the additional missed meetings. Making up missed meetings are contingent upon there being space in the class and if the class is still being offered. There are no guarantees that missed meetings can be made up. You must call at least two weeks in advance to schedule your missed meeting.
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