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Workshop 2
Beginner DSLR (fast-paced)

Prerequisite: none
This is a fast-paced class. Looking for a regular-paced class? See Workshop 1A

  • Basic camera care and rules (keeping it clean, basic camera functions, the proper method of changing lenses, changing memory cards & formatting, learning how to adjust the diopter, keeping the camera stable with or without a tripod, etc.)
  • The basics of image resolution, processing and compression (JPG vs.RAW). What you should select based on YOUR shooting style.
  • Different lens choices and their basic characteristics (& specifically the one or ones YOU use or are interested in buying)
  • Filters: What choices are important? Should you use one (or more)?
  • Achieving focus (macro to ¥ ) in the auto-focus mode, single and multi-point focus (and manual)
  • ISO Speeds (thoroughly covered)
  • Shutter Speeds (thoroughly covered)
  • Aperture sizes (thoroughly covered)
  • HOW the 3 important items listed above work TOGETHER so YOU can control the light.
  • How to choose the right combination of the three to get proper exposure! (thoroughly covered)
  • Using the Auto, "P", Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority & M modes (and any others) on your dial
  • Depth of Field & it's relationship with "Aperture" (thoroughly covered)
  • Determining f numbers & how it effects Depth of Field (thoroughly covered)
  • How the exposure meter works on your camera & tips to getting the proper Lightness/ Darkness on each image. **Getting the correct exposure by using Exposure Compensation & the Histogram (& other tips-- thoroughly covered)
  • Color balance. Why is it more important on a digital camera and what choices do I have?
  • Camera features; such as "Custom settings", "Picture Style", "Highlight alert", and working with the menu and special features of YOUR camera.
  • Improve your composition when taking pictures (and learn the "Rule of Thirds")
  • Information about the manufacturer of YOUR camera (includes tips on how to deal with the customer service department of your camera while under warranty, or when the warranty has expired.
  • Answers to your questions about future camera equipment purchases.
  • Many other Professional Photographer secrets, short cuts & tips!
  • A mini-booklet that reinforces what you learned, for you to take home.
  • Answers to any questions you might have in the future (via Email).
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