Introduction To Photography – A Washington, DC Photography Class

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

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.

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

 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…


      • 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

Important 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.

Class Meeting Location

Depending on the time and day the class is scheduled,  classes meet at one of two locations in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC.  If you have any questions about the meeting location of a specific class that is scheduled please contact Sam ( ) with the class name and specific schedule.

Upcoming Classes, Price And Registration

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43 comments on “Introduction To Photography – A Washington, DC Photography Class
  1. Li says:

    I am interested in taking the introduction classes, and like to know what are recommended cameras to purchase for the class also for future advanced classes.

    Thank you.

  2. tonia says:

    Hi, I see that I just missed the class that started this past Sunday. In looking at the scheduled I don’t see any other Sunday sessions scheduled through March. Will this change and will you be offering more Sunday classes? Thanks

  3. kelly says:

    Hi Sam!

    I’m interested in taking the 4 class wednesday series starting Nov 2. Would a canon EOS Rebel T5 would be good. Any recommendation with that over the Nixon D3300.

    Thanks, kelly

  4. Kaustav says:

    Hi Sam,

    Will a Sony RX10 work for your Introduction to Photography class?

  5. T says:

    Hi Sam,
    I do not have a camera, do you have suggestions for a novice?


  6. Steffen says:

    Hi Sam

    I am interested in classes starting Feb 6th. I have a Fuji XT10 camera, would that work?

    Cheers, Steffen

  7. Isabel Mateus says:

    Hi Sam!

    I am interested in your class ” Introduction to Photography” starting next February 6. My camera is an Olympus SP-720UZ 14megapixel. I wonder if it would work.
    I would appreciate your comments!
    Many thanks!

    Isabel Mateus

  8. Jane says:

    Hello Sam,

    I am very interested in your classes and I have a sony nex-5t. Does that satisfy the prerequisite?

    Thank you

  9. Nick says:


    I’m interested in taking your class. However, I don’t have DSLR. Only camera I have is Nikon Coolpix P510.

    Here is the description.

    Should I take the class or should I take it after I got a DSLR?


    • Hi Nick,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      Thanks for the link to your camera. I took a look and, although limited in some ways, since it can be worked in manual exposure mode it would be fine for the Introduction to photography class. —->

      By using the camera you have now for the class, you’ll learn camera operation, you’ll get a good foundation in photography and if you decide to get a DSLR (or other type of format) you’ll be more informed as a result of the class to make a good decision on which one to buy.

      Please contact me at 202-531-2344 if you have more questions.

  10. Tom Rogers says:

    i am wanting to take your classes, the only camera i have is my I phone 6 …
    what camera would you recommend i get ? thanks Tom

  11. Rosario says:

    I was wondering if my camera would be ok, it is a nikon one:

  12. Christy says:

    I also have the “will my camera be ok” question 🙂 It’s a FujiFilm XQ1. Thanks!

  13. Bahaa Seireg says:

    Hi Sam,

    I’m interested in enrolling in the March 31 intro class. I just purchased a Sony RX100M3. It’s not on a SLR but it’s a high end point and shoot with manual settings. Would I qualify to take the class.


  14. Amy says:


    I am interested in signing up for this class and recently purchased a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR T5. But I’m not sure whether or not it can be “operated in full manual exposure mode.” Can anyone answer this for me?



  15. Cristina Rios says:

    Hi Sam,

    I’m really interested in taking the Introduction to Photography class that starts tomorrow. However, I’m out of town this weekend. Would it be possible to start next Saturday and make up for the missed class on the next class cycle? I’m not sure what would be the content of the 1st class, but I could maybe review material and come prepared for next class.


    • Hi Cristina,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      I would not recommend taking the class if you can not make the first meeting because the first meeting is foundational for the rest of the class.

      If I would have known sooner, I would have said yes, as long as you could have attended the Getting To Know Your Camera class that was offered last evening.

      I hope that you can register for one of the Introduction to Photography classes that start in March.

  16. JE says:

    Hi Sam,

    I’d love to take the Saturday class, starting Feb. 7, but will be away on Feb. 28. Would it be possible to make up that class at the end of one of your March sessions? Thanks!


  17. Anonymous says:

    Hello! I am interested in taking the Saturday morning class, but I will be away on Saturday, the 24th. Would it be possible to join the corresponding Thursday evening class that week?

    Many thanks,

    • Hello,

      Yes, If you are registered for the the Saturday morning class that starts on the 10th. and you miss the meeting on the 24th. You can attend the corresponding Thursdasy evening class (January 22.)

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