Basic Photography Course - Seattle - 2022

Photography Course

Basic Photography Course

Class includes Getting to Know your Camera and the Basic Photography Course - Seattle.

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Disappointed by bad images?  Totally mystified by all the controls and menus on your camera?  Then this is the course for you.  We combine both lecture on Basic Photography techniques and camera operation and a hands-on practice that will demystify your camera so that you can make better images.   We  will cover all the basic photography techniques including the secrets to easily improve your images by using light and composition.  The course is open to all camera types including smartphones. 

This course is designed mainly for the beginners, but intermediate photographers are welcome. This class offers instruction in digital camera operation, exposure settings, quality of light, and composition. The course sessions are:

A. One weekday evening in person meeting about Getting to Know Your Camera (Wed., May 18    7-8:30 pm Goodman A)

B. One full-day Saturday combination of lecture and in the field practice (Sat., May 21  9am-2:00pm  Goodman A).

C. One follow up week-day evening Zoom meeting to share images, answer questions and positive critiques (Tue. June 7th   7-8:30 pm).

Getting to Know Your Camera

It doesn’t matter how you came by your camera or how long you have had it the Seattle Branch Photography Committee is here to help. This will be a fun day, approximately 5 hours, of lecture combined with hands-on work that will help you understand and demystify the use and features of your camera. The course is not specific to one type or brand of camera. Bring your Mirrorless, Digital-SLR, Bridge, Point and Shoot, or phone camera.

The class instructors are members of the Photography Committee. Additional volunteers will be available to answer questions about your camera. Bring your camera, basic lens, two fully charged batteries, memory card, and the owner’s manual.

The Saturday session of the course will start promptly at 9 am and will conclude at approx. 2 pm.  There will be frequent breaks.  Please bring your lunch or snacks as there are no restaurants or fast food places close to the Mountaineers Program Center. Hands-on sessions will be outside, rain or shine. Prepare for muddy, wet conditions and hope for nice weather. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Required equipment includes: camera, basic lens for camera, two charged camera  batteries, memory card, and your camera's owner's manual.

Suggested options for the in-person session: water bottle, snacks, waterproof shoes, hat, rain wear.

Course Materials

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