Digital Photography for Beginners
This course is for the beginner in digital photography, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated DSLR. My instructional goal is for you to feel confident enough to enjoy your camera, competent enough to get predictably great results.
Always bring your camera and all its related cables to class.
Introductory Handout – 2020 – background, resources and topics covered.
Class handouts that explain some digital photography basics:
Some brief presentations that go over fundamentals:
Exposure Control: a basic introduction to shutter speed and aperture.
Image Resolution – all about the pixel
White Balance – light comes in different colors – compensating for it
Exposure Compensation – “bracketing” your exposures.
Lens Flare – paying attention to unwanted light.
Polarizing Filters – important landscape photographer’s accessory.
Using Flash – When and how to use on-camera/accessory flash for better images.
Quality of Light – understanding how light behaves for the photograph
Composition – rules and tips about composing more engaging images.
Digital Photography for Beginners Assignments
Take your time as you shoot – this is not a competition. Go slowly – understand what you’re doing.
Be sure to come to class with your images on a flash drive or with your camera’s memory card. The flash drive is preferable.
Applied Digital Photography (updated when class is in session)
This course welcomes both those who have passed the absolute beginning stage and those who have more experience with their cameras. By shooting the assignments from week to week and reviewing them in class, we explore exposure and other related camera controls, along with many other camera and photo related concepts and practices.