Introduction To Photography

Learn The Basics Of  Photography And Learn How To Use Your Camera So You Can Create The Kind  Of Photographs That You Want

Are you getting the the kind of photographs that you’d like ?

  • Are your pictures too blurry, too light, too dark or don’t look like the picture that you had in mind?
  • Are you getting disappointed or frustrated and thinking that photography is too difficult?
  • Did you buy a “better” camera but are still not getting the pictures that you want?
  • Do you want to stop getting “point and shoot” results from your SLR camera?

The way to get better photographs, and become a better photographer, is to learn to work your camera in manual exposure mode

  • With an automatic exposure mode the camera picks the settings for you and leaves you with whatever you get. Beyond framing you have nothing to do with the outcome of the photograph….
  • When you work in manual exposure mode you pick all of the settings. You have everything to do with the outcome of the photograph…
  • When you work in manual exposure mode your rely on your mind, not a machine, to create your photograph…
  • When you use your mind to create your photograph, you create a picture that is uniquely yours…

Regardless of the type of camera that  you have, when you learn to use your camera in manual exposure mode and learn the basics of photography, you’ll automatically learn how to create better pictures.

  • When you learn to use your camera in manual exposure mode, you’ll understand the visual outcomes of your choices…
  • When  you learn  the basics of  photography, you’ll understand how to use the settings on your camera to get the visual results that you want…
  • Once you begin to make compositional choices with the visual effects in mind, your pictures will begin to move beyond the result of luck and you will begin to compose pictures that more accurately represent your desired outcome…

“I really enjoyed this workshop. It greatly exceeded my expectations. I can use my camera in a whole new way. Sam was a great teacher, which lead to a class atmosphere that was very comfortable. He is obviously very knowledgeable and could explain things in a way that was easy to understand. I especially liked the philosophy that the best critique of your photos is done by yourself – I didn’t want to go to a class where the teacher was more concerned with composition and style than the technical aspects. I would like to practice what I learn and take another class in the future.” Lauren Russell

Course Description

By working your camera in fully manual exposure mode throughout the class, you will become thoroughly familiar with basic camera operation and will learn to use your camera settings and features as elements of effective photographic composition. Class includes in-class lectures/discussion, in-class practical application exercises, homework assignments and  weekly self-critiques.

  • 4 meetings, 12 hours
  • Limited to 8 registrants (To allow for flexibility in student scheduling, class size may be up to ten participants)
  • $250.00.

You’ll learn about…

  • Basic camera operations (exposure, focusing, metering)…
  • How to use exposure creatively to get the photographs that you want…
  • The relationship between your aperture (f-stop), shutter speed and ISO…
  • The flash that is built into your camera…
  • White balance settings…
  • Lenses …
  • Image  quality…
  • and more…

“The workshop was an ideal way to learn the basics of manual photography. Sam has an excellent disposition and made me feel completely comfortable with my own artistic judgment — no small feat!” John Alexander

You Should Take This Class If You Want To…

  • Make better pictures…
  • Learn how to work your camera in manual exposure mode…
  • Understand the basics of photography…
  • Have more options and control in making pictures and have fewer “failed” shots…
  • Learn to anticipate how the camera will perform…
  • Learn to manipulate the settings on your camera to capture what you want to capture…
  • Stop getting point and shoot results…
  • Begin to create thoughtfully composed photographs that are uniquely yours…

Prerequisites

  • A SLR  or other type of camera that can be operated in fully manual exposure mode…
  • You’ll need to bring the “full version” of your camera owners manual to class…
  • The ability to bring  in 4″ X 6″ prints to class for weekly discussions…

“At first I was a bit intimidated by using a manual SLR camera. Through Sam’s class, I now have more options and control in taking pictures and have fewer “failed” shots. I can now anticipate how the camera will perform and can manipulate the exposure to capture what I want to capture. Sam’s gentle, reassuring teaching style made it easy and fun to learn about photography. I especially appreciate Sam’s flexibility in letting the class discussion drift to whatever was on our minds. I appreciate that Sam didn’t force harsh judgmental rules on our work. All of my questions were clearly answered. I got exactly what I wanted to get out of this class.” Pete Weissman

Introduction To Photography – Student Comments

Notices

  • Please bring something to take notes with to class.
  • If you are registering for this class on the day that it is scheduled, you must bring a copy of your receipt as your proof of payment in order to be admitted.
  • By registering for this class I agree to the Registration Terms And Conditions.

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  • All payments for registrations are handled securely through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. 
  • While PayPal is the preferred method to receive payment, if you are not able to use PayPal to make a payment please contact Sam at 202-559-7981 to make other payment arrangements.

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