Understanding Exposure is the first class in our 4-part Photography Fundamentals course designed for beginners seeking a solid foundation in general photography concepts. ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Metering are the fundamental building blocks of every photograph ever made. This course focuses on understanding how these elements work together to control both the overall brightness and the creative style of your images.

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Course Summary 

Each of these key elements (ISO, shutter speed, aperture) controls the overall brightness of the exposure but has a different effect on the visual character of your image. Whether you shoot in Full Auto or Full Manual, someone (either the camera or you) has to make some decisions about what ISO, shutter speed and aperture to use. But how do you know whether you want low ISO and long shutter speeds or wide apertures and a faster shutter? We’ll map out the key factors that will guide your decision making process so that you always know what to do.

[news]Understanding Exposure

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?[/news]

What’s Included?


  • 2.5 Hour Interactive, Hands-on Class
  • Practice on Location
  • Homework Assignments
  • The Elements of Exposure: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed
  • Take Charge with Full Manual Control
  • Over-Exposure and Under-Exposure
  • Practical Approaches to Determining Ideal Camera Settings
  • What’s a STOP?


[news]4-Part Course, 10 Hours TotalSee dates for this class in our registration system.
$79 per session or $259 for all 4


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[tab]- Any digital camera with a removable lens
– OR advanced point & shoot with manual controls
– Camera instruction manual
– Fully charged camera battery
– Memory card
– Any lenses or accessories you already have
– Comfortable walking shoes
– Appropriate weather gear
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