Hands-On Digital Photography Introduction
What You'll Learn
Learn the basics of using a digital camera at home, at work, or while you travel, whether you have a point-and-shoot with some features or a fancy new DSLR. This intimate, laid-back, and noncompetitive class will teach you how to use your new camera or make better use of your existing camera's features.
With a mixture of lecture and hands-on photography, this class will cover taking photographs and setting up a digital photo workflow. You must take some photos before you come, but we'll also shoot during the day.
- Part 1 - Getting to Know Your Camera and the Most Important Settings
- Part 2 - Shooting with your New Skills
- Part 3 - Post-Processing Overview, Tips, and Final Questions
After shooting, we will overview the most important steps in the editing process. The steps will be demonstrated with a variety of common software choices (iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop etc.). You will receive feedback, tips, and management techniques based on the widely accepted ASMP Best Practices website and book, as well as exposure and composition help.
Notes About the Schedule
- At the start of class the instructor will gather experience and equipment information from students. The actual class and presentation will start around 9:30 AM.
- Around 4:30 PM we'll start wrapping up the equipment and have a Q & A session that could last until 5 pm.
Equipment for Class
- Please bring your camera, cables, memory cards, laptop, and everything that came with the camera, especially the manual! Every camera model is unique, and if we can't solve a problem, we can look it up!
- You may bring your own computer for this class, but it isn't necessary unless you have specific photo editing questions to bring up or you want to review your shots from the day before class ends. If you don't have a portable computer, you can rent one of our iMacs for $50. However, it is the photo processing techniques that are important to grasp, and the instructor will demonstrate them on a variety of common software products. This section is more demonstration than "hands-on."
Who Should Take This
Photographers who are just starting out and hobbyists/amateurs who want to get better. Many take this class soon after or just before getting a new camera. You should have either a DSLR, Mirrorless interchangeable lens, or a point-and-shoot camera with priority modes (M,A,S,P). Contact BDA if you are not sure about your camera.
Presented By Steve Gandy
Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.