Automatic settings on cameras can be convenient but can also frustrate photographers. Manual control of a camera assures proper exposure and consistent results. An understanding of Aperture (f/stops), Shutter Speed, ISO, lenses, and light control all contribute to the success of each and every photograph you make. Your camera is a tool built to be controlled, not a gadget with a mind of its own. When you are ready to make the commitment to learn, this class is the key to open up all possibilities in your current and future photography.
We are excited to announce classes at our new pop-up location in south Austin, at 1901 W William Cannon Dr. All classes designated with a "SOUTH LOCATION" marker will take place at this location. All other classes will take place at our flagship store, 2438 W Anderson Ln. Suite B-4.
Topics Covered• Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO and how they integrate to create all photographs
• Lenses and how they affect the image
• Depth of focus and motion blur control
• An approach to different subjects: portraits, landscapes, macro, action and other areas of photography
• Strobes and Speedlights and the basics of how to use them to create useful lighting for indoor and outdoor photography
This class is intended to teach photographers at any level. Students must possess a camera with Manual exposure control, typically any digital SLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
Learn to consider your choices in photography both through presentations and homework. The objective is to provide not only knowledge but also training in the skills required to use a camera easily and author images intentionally. Taking this class will allow you to enhance further learning in any area of photography with any camera. This class is our recommended prerequisite for any advanced or specialized photography course.
Schedule and Format
The class is taught in two different formats: two 4-hour sessions or four 2-hour sessions (both totaling 8 hours). Each subsequent class relates to the prior class. The pace of the class is slow to allow students to comprehend each concept before learning more. The class is comprised of lecture with a short hands-on examination of a student's camera gear as it relates to class content — we show you the pertinent buttons and dials. Time is allowed for questions. At the end of each of the first three classes, homework is assigned to assess student comprehension.
• Camera (must have manual controls)
• A memory card with space on it
• A fully charged battery
• Note-taking Supplies
About the Instructor
The instructor for this class is Austin photographer and PCV Sales Staff member Ian McEnroe. Ian has taught photography and worked in the camera industry for over 15 years in retail sales and as a Certified Photographic Consultant. Ian has trained students of all levels including professionals. He specializes in Nikon camera training and has experience with virtually all makes and models of digital cameras. Ian and his wife are the creators of the award-winning cooking blog Yes,More Please! which features his creative food photography.
Please review our class cancellation policy below.
Tier 1: Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund for standard classes. If you register for a tier 1 class and do not show up, your payment will be forfeited. You may reschedule a class only if notice is given before the start time of the class. 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.
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.
How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or Meetup.com messages, will not be honored.
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