Learn the Basics

If you’re looking at this class, you have a desire to learn more about how photography works and to MAKE better images rather than relying on your camera to “know what you want” and do everything for you. Our Digital Basics classes will provide the solid foundation you need to take control of the camera and begin crafting images with intention.

This 4-part beginner photography course is designed for anyone upgrading to a DSLR or seeking a solid foundation in digital photography basics.

Learn all about Manual & Automatic Exposure, White Balance, Controlling the Aperture, Motion Blur, and so much more. You’ll even learn some advanced camera functions used by the pros! If you are new to digital photography, this is absolutely the course for you!

Digital Basics: Core Principles of Photography

Class 1 | Getting To Know Your Camera & Ditching ‘Auto’

The Exposure Triangle, Manual Mode, and Auto Exposure Modes

The first step in the process is understanding exactly how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed actually control the amount of light in your exposures. What are these three things actually doing to make the image brighter or darker? How do you know what ISO to use?What is under-exposure and over-exposure? What are whole stops and partial stops? How much light do you really need to let into the camera to take a picture in any situation? Learn to control these options in manual mode and the various automatic exposure modes.

Class 2 | Measuring Light & Taking Control

Before you can make any decisions about how much light to let into the camera, you need to know exactly how much light you actually have available to you. For this you need to understand metering, which is simply measuring the light. Most cameras have light meters built-in, but there are several ways to measure the light and different methods work better for different situations. Learn all about the differences between reflective metering and incident metering, using external hand-held meters, and the various spot, average, and matrix metering modes in your camera. Also learn how to use the camera’s intelligent automatic functions while still maintaining manual control over your pictures!

Class 3 | All About Time & Movement

Shutter speed affects the brightness of your exposures but it also affects the visual style of your image by altering the way that time is recorded. This session is all about learning how shutter speed can be used creatively to freeze a moment in time or to convey a sense of energy and movement in an image. We’ll talk about minimum shutter speeds, long exposures, blurring waterfalls, freezing the action, light painting, when to use a tripod and what kind to buy, and more.

Class 4 | Controlling Blur & Mastering Focus

Besides controlling brightness, aperture has an affect on the amount of background and foreground blur in your images. This background blur effect is called Depth of Field and it’s one of the most creative tools available in photography. But, aperture is only one of several key factors that control depth of field. This session is about truly understanding how depth of field works and how things like aperture, focal length, focus distance, and the size of your sensor affect the amount of background / foreground blur you can get in your images.

Digital Basics: Diving Deeper into Photography

Digital Basics Highly Recommended before taking these classes

Photography is a combination of technical and creative. We use cameras, lenses, and other equipment to create visual art. These Digital Creative classes build on the core theory of exposure and camera operation (Digital Basics) to focus on the creative side of photography.

Digital Basics 5 | Digging Deeper: Know Your Camera like a Pro

In the old days, most cameras had only a handful of controls and functions. Today’s digital space ship cameras have a bewildering number of buttons, menus, smart features (some dumb ones, too) and highly advanced automation that are designed to give you (or take away) as much control as you want. In this class, learn all about the most useful camera features for speeding up or enhancing the process of making great pictures.

Digital Basics 6 | Get it Right In-Camera: Welcome to Pre-Processing

Most digital cameras have a wide range of options for tweaking the color and style of your pictures. Some have preset “instagram-y” styles that instantly add those cotton-candy colors or dark and moody drama. For more creative control, there are adjustable color profiles and tricks for making your pictures look like something only you could have done. When we do all this in the camera (rather than on the computer) we call it pre-processing.

Digital Basics 7 | Finding Good Light & Making it Better

Many photography enthusiasts proclaim “It’s all about LIGHT!” This is only partially true. It’s about light AND shadow and how they relate to each other. This session is devoted to learning (and understanding) how light behaves, how it affects your subjects, and how to control and shape the light for the best results possible.

Digital Basics 8 | Composition Basics & Choosing the Right Lens

The camera is a tool photographers use to capture a vision. Composition is the language we use to express visual poetry. This session covers some popular “rules of composition” and delves deeper into the theory behind them. We’ll also discuss what lenses are best for creating different images and why.

Super Duper Uber Hands-ON!

“Use it or lose it!” That saying is never more true than in photography. Our new mobile classroom, the REDred Van, is an unprecedented combination of “classroom-on-the-go” PLUS immediate practice in the field. We’ll work through lessons in the nice warm van, then hop out and use that new information right away on location. After a good amount of practice, we’ll hop back into the van and review & critique some of our pictures on the big computer screens for immediate feedback while you munch on snacks or lunch. When your brain (and tummy) is full, we’ll hop out and practice some more!

Group Classes or Private Lessons

Can’t Do Weekends

We understand… weekends are precious. If you can’t get to the weekend classes, private lessons are the ticket. Buy the lesson series and you’ll get 8 credits for 1 on 1 lessons that are 90 minutes each. Schedule them whenever you want… not 2:00AM, please!

Don’t Like Groups

Some people want to ask a thousand questions without worrying about other students throwing spit balls. Or maybe English isn’t your first language and you need to go a little slower. In the private lessons, you’re the center of attention. Bask in the glory!

A Little of This, A Little of That

So you’re one of those students who knows more than the others… but only enough to be dangerous. With no other students to cramp your style, we can be a little more flexible with the curriculum. We can gloss over the stuff you know and spend more time making sure you don’t kill anyone with that huge lens!

Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too

So you like the extra attention you get in private lessons but you also enjoy learning in a group. Why not have both? If the weekend classes aren’t full, you’re welcome to join us for some extra review. No extra charge. Just try not to be a know-it-all!

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