Back to the Basics - DSLR Photography Course

You’ve recently purchased a DSLR and not getting the quality of images you wanted?  Or perhaps you’ve owned one for some time, but want to go beyond the automatic and program settings on the camera.  Perhaps you aren’t happy with the composition, the background relative to the subject.  Or, you don’t currently own a DSLR, and have been holding off you’re not sure of all those controls.  This course is designed to improve your photography by helping you understand the fundamentals of using the DSLR.  

1)      Intro – Understanding the basics

(Exposure Triangle = f/stops, shutter speeds, ISO, effect of different aperture settings on depth of field, manual versus fully automatic)

2)      Different types of light (side light, front light, back light, overcast vs sunny day)

3)      Visualizing the image (seeing the way the camera sees, lens perspective, background)

4)      Composing the image (lines, curves, angles, leading lines, motion, rule of thirds, placement, filling the frame or environmental, close-up, distant, balance, horizontal tilt, background)

5)      Break the rules (your desired end result, your creative style)

6)      Equipment Review (camera, lenses, extension tubes, telextenders)

7)      Digital workflow, JPG vs. RAW,  post-capture processing, color management


Four Monday evenings in May, each session will be 90 minutes in length.   You will be encouraged to share images that you feel ‘didn’t work’, and learn what you might try next time.  Only need to bring a pen, notebook, and your enthusiasm for photography.  No photographic equipment is needed nor required.

 For more information on photography class, contact Renee Altendorf at 262-335-5259

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