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Introduction to Photography

You’ll become the best photographer you can be because you’ll be working your camera in fully manual exposure mode throughout the Introduction to Photography course. As a result, you’ll become thoroughly familiar with essential camera operation and learn to control your photographs’ composition fully.

Introduction to Photography
Sam D’Amico’s Photography classes were voted the Best Art Class in Washington, DC.

 

$225.00 – Live Online Group Class

Upcoming classes are listed below (4 meetings. 2 hours each meeting. 8 hours total. Limited to 8 registrants.)

Contact Sam for discounted pricing  – In-person or Online Private Lessons

If you take the introduction to photography class as an in-person or online private class, then the prerequisite of the Getting to Know You Camera class is waived.

Don’t hesitate to contact Sam at 202-531-2344 for more information.

General Information

  • Prerequisites: Yes. Getting To Know Your Camera (If you take the introduction to photography class as an in-person or online private class, then the prerequisite of the Getting to Know You Camera class is waived.)
  • Type of camera required: Any camera that allows full manual exposure mode.
  • Instructor: Sam D’Amico.
  • Ways taught: In-person private lessons. Live online group classes.

Registration and schedule information for live online group classes are available at the description’s end.
Contact Sam about In-person private lessons.

About the Introduction to Photography Course

While working your camera in fully manual exposure mode throughout the Introduction to Photography course, you’ll become thoroughly familiar with essential camera operation. In addition, you’ll learn to use your camera settings and features as elements of effective photographic composition. Also, the class includes in-class lectures/discussions, practical application exercises, homework assignments, and weekly self-critiques.

Stop being frustrated with photography!

  • Use your mind instead of a machine to make your pictures come out the way you want.
  •  Get control of the outcome of your photographs.
  • Be involved in composition. 
  • Improve your understanding of light and lighting.

Make Better Photographs and Become a Better Photographer by Working Your Camera in Manual Exposure Mode

When working in manual exposure mode during the Introduction to Photography course, we’ll use our cameras thoughtfully to control our composition precisely. In other words, we’ll be involved in camera operation to fully influence the outcome of our photograph instead of the camera taking the picture for us. 

Introduction to Photography – What You’ll Learn 

During the Introduction to photography course, you’ll learn to rely on your mind to create a photograph instead of a machine. What is meant by that is that you’ll be involved in creating your picture to the fullest extent possible.

To make the best photos possible, you’ll learn about functions on your camera that are critical to creating thoughtful compositions that are uniquely yours. Specifically, among other things, you’ll learn how to think of focusing, metering, and exposure as elements of design. Finally, you’ll learn how to relate those elements of composition to the specific operation of your camera.

Some of the things you learn:

  • How to evaluate the characteristics of light.
  • How to create the best photographs possible after assessing the light.
  • You’ll start metering attentively in manual exposure mode.
  • Use the visual attributes of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO thoughtfully as elements of composition.
  • Start manually controlling picture tonality (the lightness/darkness of your photograph) efficiently, effectively, and thoughtfully.
  • Using white balance settings as an element of the composition.
  • Thoughtful and practical visual design.

Introduction to Photography Course – How You’ll Learn

How You’ll Learn During the Course

During the Introduction to Photography course, you’ll learn by doing. Specifically, practicing camera operation and technique during class is a regular part of the training. As a result of practicing camera operation and technique during class time, the participant can immediately apply their newly acquired skills.

And while practicing camera operation and technique is essential, you’ll learn to think like a photographer throughout the class. Furthermore, through discussions and critiques, you’ll learn a thought process and vocabulary to become aware of what we’re doing as photographers.

How You’ll Learn Outside of Class

In short, you’ll get homework to reinforce the lessons provided during the Introduction to Photography Course. However, the assignments are not subject-specific. Consequently, the class participants learn effectively by producing pictures relevant to the type of work they each prefer to do. Moreover, since each photographer brings different kinds of work to display during the classes (4″X6″ prints when meeting in person are best.), conversations organically spring up about the pictures. The importance of these conversations is that it helps us cultivate a thought process and vocabulary that are imperative to utilize during our studies and practice. 

 Jamal H. says: Received Sam’s Introduction to Photography class as a gift in November 2017 after showing an interest in photography due to travel outside the states and it was truly a great experience. Sam was patient and willing to always revisit and re-explain topics to me when I struggled with tasks. I never felt intimidated as Sam’s easy-going personality gives the class a comforting feeling. After only 4 classes, I now can shoot in Manual mode with confidence in capturing my shot as the human eye views it. Highly recommend this class to any beginners with a DSLR camera.

Georgette says: I just finished Sam’s Introduction to Photography course and upped my photo-taking skills considerably as a result. Many thanks to Sam’s guidance and help with building my “muscle memory” on how to get the best photo and trusting my own ability to do just that. Sam teaches a wonderful class and I highly recommend it to anyone (at any skill level) who is interested in seeing photos in a new way and becoming a better photographer. I am looking forward to the Intermediate Class.

Bernard says: I really enjoyed Sam’s class. I was looking for a class to learn photography and how to use my camera. Sam isn’t going to teach you how to operate your camera – mainly because everyone comes to class with a different camera and that’s what the instruction manual is for. Rather, he’s going to teach you the fundamentals of photography, and in turn, you’ll learn to use your camera thorough knowledge of the fundamentals, practice, and read the manual. I really liked Sam’s teaching style and personality. He makes you think, and he’s not here to judge your photography skills. He leaves that up to you as the photographer. I recommend his class and plan to take the intermediate class and focus class.

Class Meeting Location

Option 1: In-person or Online Private LessonsContact Sam for more information.
Option 2: Registering for a group online class. (See Below)

Upcoming Live Online Classes – Registration

Prerequisites: Yes. Getting To Know Your Camera (If you take the introduction to photography class as an in-person or online private class, then the prerequisite of the Getting to Know You Camera class is waived. )

Jul 17, Start
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1691671630935598351
This webinar meets 4 times.
Sun, Jul 17, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Sun, Jul 24, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Sun, Jul 31, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Sun, Aug 7, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

July 18 Start
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7595598271856528396
This webinar meets 4 times.
Mon, Jul 18, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Mon, Jul 25, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Mon, Aug 1, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Mon, Aug 8, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

July 21 Start
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1976416554758415375
This webinar meets 4 times.
Thu, Jul 21, 2022, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM EDT
Thu, Jul 28, 2022, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM EDT
Thu, Aug 4, 2022, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM EDT
Thu, Aug 11, 2022, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM EDT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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How do I register to attend an online class?
https://support.goto.com/webinar/help/register-for-a-session-g2w030007
After registering and before attending the online course, please read and keep handy the “Attendee Guide for Standard Webinars”.
https://support.goto.com/webinar/att-guide

Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC

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45 thoughts on “Introduction to Photography”

  1. 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. 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

    1. Hi Tonia,

      Thank you for you interest in my photography classes.

      I’ll probably will be adding at least one more Sunday class during January through March.

      If I can add a Sunday class I’ll update the schedule by the end of next week.

      Sam

  3. 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

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      A Canon EOS Rebel T5 would be fine for the Introduction to Photography class ( https://samdamico.com/introduction-photography-washington-dc-photography-class/ ).

      I would not have a recommendation with that over the Nixon D3300. I can’t recommend one over the other. Which one do you feel more comfortable using?
      ( https://samdamico.com/frequently-asked-questions/#can-you-recommend-a-camera )

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

  4. 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!

    Best,
    Isabel Mateus

  5. Hello Sam,

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

    Thank you

    1. 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. —->https://samdamico.com/introduction-photography-washington-dc-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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    Thanks,
    Bahaa

      1. Thanks, Sam!

        How do I go about registering online? Silly question, I’m sure, but I can’t seem to find the link.

        Bahaa

  8. Hi,

    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?

    Thanks!

    Amy

  9. 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.

    Thanks,
    Cristina.

    1. 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.

  10. 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!

    Jenelle

  11. 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,
    Anonymous

    1. 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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