Beginner Workshop

What You Will Learn


There are lots and lots and lots of camera settings. You've probably looked at them and said no thanks, I get perfectly nice pics on automatic mode.  There's nothing wrong with taking your pictures on full auto but here's the thing...your camera is making ALL the decisions for you. In the beginner workshop we will explore some camera modes other than full auto. It does take practice to get  them right but it’s well worth learning how to set your  camera for the shot you are wanting to take, and which camera settings matter the most, so you have  the best chance to take the photos you want. 

Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are the foundation of photography and we will spend time with each. Those are the three most important settings in all photography and together they are known as the Exposure Triangle. There are a number of different settings that can be used to achieve a good exposure based on your subject and the scene. We will learn and practice those during the class. Then there are a couple of settings you can adjust to take the best photo you can. We will have a look at  the white balance and exposure compensation options and when it makes sense to adjust those.

We will talk about focus. Single shot autofocus for stationary subjects or scenes, continuous autofocus for moving subjects. Choosing focus points is important too and we'll cover that as well. Also...when manual focus is helpful and how to do that.  


Probably the one most vital elements of photography is light, and we will touch on that. Diffusing light, how you can bounce light using a reflector, how to properly use external flash, and generally what to look for in terms of light whether you are indoors our outdoors. This is an important consideration for creating great pictures.  

I don't want to overwhelm you with too much information during this beginner class because that would be counterproductive. My goal is to give you a great basic foundation that is understandable and that you can put into practice immediately. 

But we will touch on a few things that I think you should have at least a basic understanding of.  These are some  topics that we will talk about:

  • Photo Composition
  • Depth of Field
  • Focal Length
  • Field of View
  • Motion Blur
  • Tripod/Monopod Use
  • Lens Types
  • Recommended Accessories

It's a fair amount of information to digest in 3 1/2 hours but we will focus most on the really important stuff and have some practical picture taking exercises with the different settings throughout the day. It'll be both fun and educational - I look forward to seeing you there!