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Digital Camera Settings Made Easy

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Digital Camera Settings Made Easy

This class for beginners will teach how to stop action, blur backgrounds and take photos in low light using shutter speed, lens openings and ISO. You’ll also learn the most common camera settings that are used most when creating photographs - Drive Modes, White Balance, Reset, Image Quality, Shooting Modes, Exposure Compensation, Focus Mode, Focus Selection and Review Images..

Topics Covered

  • ISO setting for stopping action and taking photos in low light
  • Shutter speed for stopping action or blurring it
  • Lens opening for blurring the background or making it sharper
  • White balance setting for getting good color in your photographs
  • Focus settings for still and moving subjects
  • Light meter settings for different lighting situations
  • Shooting modes for Auto, Scene, Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual
  • Drive modes to take one photo, a series of photos or use the self timer
  • Quality settings for JPEG or RAW
  • Lots of tips and tricks


This class is perfect for anyone that loves to take photographs — from beginner to long time shooter. This workshop is for beginners who want to learn the settings on their digital camera and understand manual camera control. 

Needed Supplies

  • A digital camera
  • A fully charged battery
  • A memory card with space to take some photos
  • A note pad or device to take notes if you would like

Schedule and Format

This three-hour class is a mix of lecture and hands on shooting. There will be a break near the midway point.

About the Instructor

Jerry Hughes is a professional photographer, best selling author, inventor, world traveler and speaker. As a photographer, his fashion work has been in Vogue magazine, and his corporate clients have included IBM, Proctor & Gamble and Ford. Hughes is also an award-winning portrait and wedding photographer. He is a fun and energetic speaker who creates a great learning experience. He is also known for his patience with beginners. Jerry has taught photography to people from United Nations ambassadors and diplomats to high school students at national journalism conventions. His photography books are used to teach photography around the world from grade school through the university level. He has been a Precision Camera University instructor since 2006.

Learn more about Jerry on his website.

Class & Event Cancellations

Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund except for with some special classes and events such as the Mock Wedding and PCU Weekend. See below for more information.

If you register for a class that we hold on a regular basis, and do not show up for the class, you will be rescheduled one time. Once rescheduled once, if you do not show up for a class, your payment will be forfeited.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.


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