Digital Photography

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:

Digital Image File Formats explained

Digital Image Storage

Some brief presentations that go over fundamentals:

Digital Image Basics: file formats, resolution and storage

Basic DSLR Camera Anatomy

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

ISO – the sensitivity of the sensor. For a lengthy explanation go here.

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.

Shooting Assignments #1 – #2

Shooting Assignment #3

Shooting Assignment #4


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.