If you’re looking at this page, 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. It’s our mission to make sure you really understand the technical side of photography so you can be creative without getting stuck. Our digital photography classes will provide the solid foundation you need to take control of the camera and begin crafting images with intention.
Core Principles Every Photography Should Know
These classes are the foundation of all your photography skills. Even the most elaborate and amazing images are built on these core principles.
Understanding Auto & Manual Exposure
Every picture is made from a combination of primary settings: ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture. If you’re not thinking about these things, then Auto is doing it for you. Understanding how these elements work together will allow you to control how your images look. You’ll also get to know your camera, it’s major functions, working with manual exposure, controlling the focus, and how to make your camera’s automation work for you instead of against you.
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 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.
“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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Neil is engaging, friendly, and his dog Brian is cute too. The DSLR Digital Basics is an excellent course. Highly recommended- come here to learn photography.
I grew up with a father who was a professional photographer. Over the years I’ve went with him on various gigs. Neil exemplifies the knowledge and skill of a professional who is wiser than his years. He teaches with charisma and meticulous detail. I’ve been to various photography workshops and most photography teachers are just interested in making carbon copies of themselves. Neil inspires his students to seek the motivation to not only take photos, but how to think about them. Such a style of teaching is rare to find.
Neil is an outstanding instructor as well as extremely talented photographer. I have been to several photo seminars in the past and was blown away by this one.
The class was small, informal, and there was good interaction and hands on practice. I’ve only used point and shoot camera and want to learn more about photography and using my dSLR. My first class was the Intro to Studio lighting and it was excellent. A lot of techniques and demonstrations were done and I learned so much. I will definitely come back for more classes from Neil.
The classes are small, engaging and interactive. Neil makes sure you understand and will always take the time to explain further.
Overall I feel that Neil teaches classes because he truly enjoys teaching and photography and his overall enthusiasm makes learning easy and fun.
I took Neil’s basic photograph classes in February. Neil is a great instructor. He explained things in a very clear way. I knew nothing about photographing before going to his first class. I love how Neil put his 8 basic photograph classes together in a series, from the basic to creating photos in a professional way. Now I love applying the techniques that I learned from the class to my new hobby: creating family memories! Neil is also letting us ask questions any time, helping us with different brand of the cameras, explaining things even after the class with his extra time. I really appreciate what he did. Thank you for leading me into the photographing world =)
Neil was a knowledgeable photographer and genuinely enjoyable instructor. He clearly demonstrates a passion and proficiency with photography but is crucially able to make the subject less intimidating for beginners (like me).
After speaking with Neil at length about all of REDred’s class options (there are a lot, so if you don’t see what you want just call) and finally decided to go with a set of 5 private lessons so I could really tailor the classes to my skill level and needs. Neil is an incredibly sweet and experienced teacher. I feel like no question is off limits and his knowledge of photography, gear, and the business are extensive.
My husband and I bought a Canon 60D camera but didn’t know how to use it. We took REDred Photo’s intro to photography class and the 8 week (4 class) series. Neil is very knowledgeable and provides simple explanations. He teaches about the technical and creative aspects of photography and whether you’re a beginner like me or more advanced, classes are friendly and comfortable.
I feel like I got an incredible amount of information out of this workshop. It is very apparent that Neil loves teaching and sharing his craft. I feel so much more knowledgable, confident and wanting more! I’ll definitely be taking more classes at REDred photography.
Just took my first two classes with Neil & was very impressed! He has a great deal of patience, is able to explain concepts simply, is very knowledgable and a great instructor. Looking forward to taking many more of his classes in the future! Thanks for a perfect beginning to the fundamentals!