Introductory Photography

A classroom-based course without the classroom. Not your ordinary online course.


Two Ways to Learn:

The Basics


Four comprehensive modules available on or after October 12, 2020 for learning on your own, at your pace.
Learn to take control of your camera so that you use it to fulfill your vision.
  • 4 instructional modules sent to you on October 12, 2020 or when you register.
  • The tutorials consist of detailed written explanations, examples and videos. Multiple examples and demonstrations are included. The tutorials are yours for future reference.
  • You will learn when, why and how to use the buttons and controls on your camera. Assignments to practice the concepts are included.
  • This is a “no frills” course for people who ‘have a good eye’ but want to take charge of their camera and learn on their own.
  • Email support if you get stuck.

Topics

Get ready to learn about all the buttons and dials on your camera, what they do and when to use them. The major topics are listed below, many more are included.

  • 1. Aperture, depth of field, autofocus settings
  • 2. Shutter speed and how to freeze action or imply motion to tell your story, where to focus, panning with the camera, painting with light
  • 3. ISO, balancing aperture, shutter speed and ISO, digital noise, exposure compensation, histograms and metering modes. 
  • 4. Photo gear: about cameras, lenses and other things for your bag. Photo editing software.

Important to Know

  • this class is intended for beginners to photography and people who prefer to learn on their own.
  • Students should have a basic knowledge of downloading images to their computer.

The Basics Plus


An 8 week course beginning on October 12.
Learn to take control of your camera. Then learn compositional principles so you can truly create images you love. All in a learning environment that guides you every step of the way.
  • 8 weekly instructional modules sent to you every Monday, beginning October 12, 2020 and concluding the week of December 1. (This is not a self-paced program.)
  • The tutorials consist of detailed written explanations, examples and videos. They are yours to keep for future reference.
  • A Zoom session each Thursday evening (beginning October 15) to follow up on the tutorial for that week. This is the place for more information, questions and discussion of student photos. These will be recorded so you can tune in later if you can’t be with us live.
  • A 100% private Facebook group for class participants to share photos, receive personal feedback and ask questions. Additional teaching points are included here as questions arise. This is where you share your efforts with the weekly assignments and receive feedback on your images. You can also ask questions at any time during each week and get answers fast (usually the same day).
  • If you get stuck, support is quickly available via email, telephone or Zoom to help you resolve any issues.
  • Two Saturday outings (October 31 and November 28, 9:30 – 11:30 am) in the Langley / Surrey area will go ahead for those who can make it. Assistants are included so everyone gets help.
  • This course is the online version of the course I have been teaching for ten years. Response from previous students is consistently overwhelmingly positive. See the reviews below.

Topics

In the first four weeks, you learn about all the buttons and dials on your camera, what they do and when to use them. In the second four weeks, you will enter into the art of photography and learn how to create compelling compositions of landscapes and people.

  • Week 1: Aperture, depth of field, autofocus settings
  • Week 2: Shutter speed and how to freeze action or imply motion to tell your story, where to focus, panning with the camera, painting with light
  • Week 3: ISO, balancing aperture, shutter speed and ISO, digital noise, exposure compensation, histograms and metering modes
  • Week 3A: Saturday outing 1: putting it all together.
  • Week 4: Photo gear: about cameras, lenses and other things for your bag. Photo editing software.
  • Week 5: Composition: landscapes 1
  • Week 6: Composition: landscapes 2
  • Week 7: Composition: Photographing people
  • Week 7A: Saturday outing 2: practicing everything covered so far
  • Week 8: Composition: Photographing individuals and groups of people

Important to Know

  • this class is intended for beginners to photography. If you have no knowledge or a little, this is where it all starts. Many more experienced photographers have found it a great place to fill in gaps in their knowledge
  • The course uses Facebook as a valuable tool to create a private community for sharing our work, getting feedback on images, asking questions, receiving weekly notes, announcements and more. It allows you to keep in touch with the entire class during the week to get quick answers to questions. If you don’t know Facebook, a tutorial is available to get you started.
  • Students are expected to have enough basic computer knowledge to download their images and share them with the group. You do not need to know how to edit your images or have fancy software. During the course, options for image editing software will be discussed.

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The Basics $99 +GST

The Basics PLUS $299 +GST

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Refund Policy

This course is guaranteed to take you from beginner to confident. If at any time during the course you are less than satisfied, please contact Dennis for a refund. A full refund is available within the first 14 days.

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Your questions are welcome. Don’t hesitate to contact Dennis.

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