Below You’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions.
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Class location, class size, and class cost
Where are the classes that Sam offers in Washington DC held?
Use the following link to learn everything you need to know about where we’ll be meeting.
How many people are in the class?
To assure all participants receive adequate attention, each class is limited to eight participants. At the most.
In addition, the class size limits are mentioned in the class registration pages.
The cost of each class is indicated on the class registration page.
How do I pay for a class?
Payment is made online using a secure payment system.
Paying online confirms your space in the class
What experience or equipment do I need?
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 considerations 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. Use this link to to help you —-> http://www.imaging-resource.com/
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 camera that can work with interchangeable lenses and has a ‘pop-up flash” on the camera as well as a hot-shoe for an external flash offers the most flexibility in terms of additional 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:
- 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’d like some help in purchasing a camera, Sam is available for consultation. (Private lesson fees apply https://samdamico.com/private-photography-lessons-tutoring-washington-dc-online/).
I didn’t see any classes specifically for digital photography or film photography. Do you have any available?
To answer this question please read the following two blog posts:
Do I Teach A Digital Photography Class? (opens in new window)
Are You Ready For The Darkroom? (opens in new window)
What if I miss a class meeting during a multi-week class?
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 and there are no refunds for missed meetings. Please schedule your missed meeting at east two weeks in advance. Read More—> https://samdamico.com/registration-terms-and-conditions/#missing-a-meeting-during-a-multi-week-class
What if I miss a single meeting class or my private lesson, can I reschedule?.
Purchasing A Class Or Private Lessons As a Gift
Can I purchase group classes or private photography lessons for someone other than myself?
You can, but I would discourage you from doing that for a number of reasons.
The biggest reasons I discourage this is because of scheduling concerns and that I would like to speak to the person who’ll be participating in the class directly before they register for a class or private lessons so we can determine what course of study would be the most effective based on their skill level as a photographer.
Instead of purchasing a specific class or private lessons, please consider purchasing a gift certificate so that the person you give the gift certificate to can choose the course of study that will be the most effective for them.
Get a gift certificate here. —> https://samdamico.com/gift-certificates-for-the-photographer/
Can I buy a gift certificate?
Yes you can. Gift certificates are paid for and generated via The Gift Card Cafe. You’ll receive the gift certificate immediately. Please allow up to forty-eight hours for the gift certificate code to become activated.
Here’s the link —>https://samdamico.com/gift-certificates-for-the-photographer/
Can I speak With Sam Directly?