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Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a workshop doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email the night before the scheduled date.

Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay up to two hours before the starting time.

Q: What’s the difference between the Full Day Workshops and the evening Short Courses?
A: The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 classes cover some of the same material as the Beginner Full Day Workshop. The DSLR-3 class includes some of the material from the Intermediate Full Day Workshop. The workshops are smaller, more hands-on and there is time for shooting with a model. We’ve found that some people enjoy the intensity of an all day workshop while others prefer to have the material spread out over several classes.

Q: What if I have other questions?
A: There’s more information on the FAQ Page. You can also send a query through the Contact Page.


*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person

9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break on your own.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

This is for those novices who have a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and want to learn how to shoot with more confidence and creative control. This is a hands-on workshop with a small group, live shooting demonstrations and time for your questions. In this beginning workshop you will learn:

  • Your new collection of stuff: batteries, chargers, memory cards, readers, filters, caps and hoods.
  • Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera
  • Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, TIFF, white balance and ISO
  • The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you.
  • Focal length and maximum aperture: deciphering the numbers on your lens.
  • Why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
  • Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light.
  • Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!
  • Exposure modes: getting off the green Auto mode and understanding the difference between P-A-S-M, (P-Av-Tv-M)
  • Built-in flash: when to just say no.
  • Focusing modes: if it’s called auto focus, why do some photos still turn out blurry? Taking control of how and where your camera focuses.
  • Techniques for  stability: stance, camera operation, holding the camera
  • Assignment: we will shoot photos together of a live model.
  • Assignment review: surprises and near-misses, we end the day with a live edit and slide show of your best shots.

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*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person

9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break on your own.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

This workshop is for you if you’ve taken the beginner workshop, the first two evening courses or have the equivalent level of experience. In this workshop we’ll dig deeper into the equipment and get further into the creative choices and challenges of consistently taking, processing and displaying great photos.

  • Review: shutter speed, f-stops, DOF
  • P*: the hidden Program mode that allows quick, creative control
  • Motion blur: using slow shutter speeds and camera movement as a creative tool
  • Metering & exposure control: bracketing, exposure compensation, reading a histogram, using manual exposure mode creatively
  • Metering patterns: getting good exposures in tricky situations by changing metering patterns and using your spotmeter
  • ISO and noise: when to worry about it, why some noise can be a good thing
  • Lenses: creativity vs practicality (and $ !) we’ll look at the whole range from fisheye to super telephoto. How to get the most out of your glass
  • Composition: rules and breaking them, finding out what works and what you like.
  • Software: a brief look at Lightroom and the basics of digital workflow
  • Lighting: finding it vs. bringing it with you, an intro into working with off-camera flash, great lighting from a lightweight kit
  • Dust & cleaning: when to worry about lens and sensor dust and how to get rid of it
  • Shoot: we will shoot photos of a live model
  • We end the day with a live edit and a slide show of everyone’s best shots

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