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Introduction To Photography

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Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC

Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC

Learn The Basics Of Photography And Learn To Use Your Camera To Create The Photographs That You Want

BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASS PLEASE REVIEW THIS ENTIRE PAGE

Prerequisites

  • The ability to operate your camera.
    • Please make sure that you are capable of using your camera to make photographs.
    • This is not a class to assist in preparing the camera for operation. For example; Installing the battery, attaching the lens, putting on a strap, etc.
  • A camera that allows you to pick exposure modes.
  • Any camera offering a 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.

Upcoming Classes, Price, And Registration

BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASS PLEASE REVIEW THIS ENTIRE PAGE

Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC - Course Description

While working your camera in fully manual exposure mode throughout the Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC you'll become thoroughly familiar with basic camera operation. In addition, you'll learn to use your camera settings and features as elements of effective photographic composition. Furthermore, the class includes in-class lectures/discussion, in-class practical application exercises, homework assignments and weekly self-critiques.

  • 4 meetings/3 hours each meeting/12 hours total.
  • Limited to 7 registrants.

Are you getting the the kind of photographs that you'd like ? As an example...

  • Do your pictures appear 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 still aren't 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 because...

  • When we work our camera in manual exposure mode we're using our camera in a thoughtful manner. In other words, we get involved in operating our camera to control the outcome of our photograph instead of the camera controlling the outcome of the photograph.

What You'll Learn

  • Within the class structure of the Introduction to photography class you'll learn to rely on your mind, instead of a machine, to create a photograph. What is meant by that is, you'll be involved in the creation of your photograph to the fullest extent possible. For the purpose of creating the best photographs 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 composition. And you'll learn how to relate those elements of composition to the specific operation of your camera.

How You'll Learn

While I was studying photography my best teachers demonstrated that the best way to learn was by doing. As a a result of this experience I follow the lead of my best teachers when it comes to playing the role of teacher during my photography classes. Accordingly, you'll learn by doing.

How You'll Learn During Class

While participating in Introduction To Photography class in Washington DC, as previously mentioned, you'll learn by doing. Specifically, practicing camera operation and technique during class time is a regular part of the training. As a result of practicing camera operation and technique during class time, the participant is immediately able to apply their newly acquired skills.

While practicing camera operation and technique is important, learning to think like a photographer is emphasized throughout the class. That is to say, that a thought process and vocabulary needs to be cultivated for the purpose of becoming aware of what we are doing as photographers. This is accomplished through in class discussions and the encouragement of questions.

Incidentally, there are no handouts. Therefore, note taking is strongly recommended. More precisely, take 'em by hand with a pen or pencil. Because, studies have shown that taking notes by hand improves learning. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop/

How You'll Learn Outside of Class

In addition, weekly homework assignments are given for the purpose of reinforcing what's covered during class. More importantly, the homework given is not subject specific. Instead, the homework is specific to the topics covered during class. Because the homework assignments are topic specific, the photographers participating in the Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC can photograph subjects that are meaningful to them. As a consequence, the class participants learn effectively by producing photographs that are relevant to the type of work they each prefer to do. Moreover, since each photographer brings in different work to display during the meeting as their homework, (4"X6" prints are recommended) conversations organically spring up about the work. 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.

Prerequisites

  • The ability to operate your camera.
    • Please make sure that you are capable of using your camera to make photographs.
    • This is not a class to assist in preparing the camera for operation. For example; Installing the battery, attaching the lens, putting on a strap, etc.
  • A camera that allows you to pick exposure modes.
  • Any camera offering a 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.

Introduction To Photography – Student Comments(Click this link to see more student comments)

  • Student comment 1

    • 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.
  • Student comment 2

    • 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.
  • Student comment 3

    • 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 through knowledge of the fundamentals, practice and reading 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.

Important Notices

Class Meeting Location

The Introduction To Photography Class In Washington DC meets near the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station. If you have any questions about the meeting location of the class, then please contact Sam ( https://samdamico.com/contact-sam/ )

BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASS PLEASE REVIEW THIS ENTIRE PAGE

Prerequisites

  • The ability to operate your camera.
    • Please make sure that you are capable of using your camera to make photographs.
    • This is not a class to assist in preparing the camera for operation. For example; Installing the battery, attaching the lens, putting on a strap, etc.
  • A camera that allows you to pick exposure modes.
  • Any camera offering a 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.

Upcoming Classes, Price, And Registration

BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASS PLEASE REVIEW THIS ENTIRE PAGE

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14 thoughts on “Sam D’Amico Photography – Classes And Registration Area”

  1. Hi Sam,

    My wife loves photography and I wanted to book a class with you for her as a gift. Is your session on September 28th still available?

  2. Hi Sam – I’m looking to sign up for your intro to photography class (Wednesday evening June). I do not have a fancy camera, as I’m not sure which one to buy yet…DSLR or mirrorless. Do your classes require us to bring our own camera or do we practice with a “class” camera?

    1. Hi Therese,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.
      If you were to register for the Introduction to Photography class, you would be required to bring your own camera.
      And you’d get the most benefit from the Introduction to Photography class if that camera had “manual exposure mode” functionality.

      While I’m reluctant to make recommendations on what camera you should get, I can offer you some guidance in the form of a post on my website.

      I do offer a class, titled Learn To Think Like A Photographer, that requires nothing more than the camera on your phone (no “fancy” camera needed). This may be a good start for you if you’re reluctant to purchase a new, “fancy”, camera.

  3. Hey Sam,
    I’d like to sign up for your Wednesday night group photography class, but I know I’ll be late to one of the meetings. Do you allow for late arrivals?

  4. I would like to take the class on Mon Feb 11, 11:30-2:30. Do you take Paypal? If you share an e-mail address, I can use Paypal w/ that. Alternatively, will you let me bring a check to the session?

  5. Hello,

    I’m interested in the Nov 18th Intro to Photography course but I’m not sure I understand the end date. It has it listed as either Dec 2, 9th or the 16th. Can you please clarify when the class ends or do students choose their end date at time of enrollment?

    Thank you

    1. Hello Jennifer,

      Thank you for your interest in the Introduction to Photography class that starts on Nov 18th.

      My apologies for the confusion. When looking at the abbreviated description of the class here I can see where the confusion arises. Thank you for pointing this out.

      The class starts on Nov. 18 and ends on Dec. 16.

      The class meets on four Sundays from 10am-1pm on Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. We skip Nov. 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

      Please contact me if you have further questions.

      Best Regards,

      Sam

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