Basic Photography Series
Take your first steps towards capturing images that inspire the world.
Instructor: David Downs
Whether you are reconnecting with a passion of your youth or finding a new one in life, this course is an introduction on how to use today’s DSLR’s to create art or simply taking stunning photographs.
The Savannah workshop was a perfect blend of photographic opportunities. We captured the history and the spirit of Savannah through a mix of statues and sweet treats, as well as iconic sites throughout the workshop. I learned a lot about how to tell a story with your photos. Thank you!
Saturday, Jan 8, 2022, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM [ Reserve your spot ] This is a single-session class.
ArtCentre of Plano
- Composition (The key to great images)
- How your camera sees the world (Metering, WB, DR, RAW)
- Moving off Auto (Control your Camera & Create)
- Managing Exposure (ISO, Shutter, Aperture)
- Managing Focus (Single, Continuous, Back-Button)
Additional workshop details
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ArtCentre of Plano – 902 East 16th St., Plano, TX 75074
9:00 AM – Arrival & set up.
9:30 AM – What makes a great image?
10:00 AM – Understanding your camera and how your camera sees the world.
10:40 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Moving to manual one step at a time: ISO/Shutter/Aperture
11:30 AM – Lunch Break
12:30 PM – Trying what we’ve learned! Hands On!
2:30 PM – Review Images & Wrap Up
3:00 PM – Dismissed
Personal to and from workshop. No other needed during class.
Recommended photography gear
Camera: DSLR with interchangeable lens. For this class you only need the kit lens (the lens that came with the camera) or another medium (20mm-70mm) zoom lens. If you only have a prime (ie single focal length – say 50mm) lens, that will also work.
Bring your battery charger and an extra SD Card just in case…
A tripod would be helpful. There’s no need for a very expensive one, however, if you plan on taking some of the travel workshops, consider looking for a sturdy compact tripod designed for easy transport.
A way to take notes. Paper and pen is probably the best & simplest thing to bring.
Your camera’s manual in hard copy or digital format.
You will get the absolute most out of the class if you’ve done at least a little homework in advance. Be familiar with your camera so you can spend more time shooting with it than figuring out how to adjust it. No need to be an expert, but know where to find all of the settings: white balance, shooting mode (M,P,A,S), ISO, Aperture, shutter speed.
Location pro tips
Our location is in Haggard Park, a jewel in downtown Plano. There are often ducks and herons in the pond, a fountain, a gazebo, DART Light Rail, artwork and tons of opportunities for Street Photography within a couple of minutes’ walk from the Art Centre. Plan on staying after class for exploration and lunch/drinks in one of the great downtown restaurants (Vickery Park is my favorite).
Class size is limited. Reserve now to guarantee a spot. At least 4 participants are required in order for the class to be held.