Basic Photography Series
Take your first steps towards capturing images that inspire the world.
Instructor: David Downs
Whether you are reconnecting with the passion of your youth or finding a new one in life, this course is an introduction to how to use today’s DSLR or mirrorless cameras to create art or simply take stunning photographs.
I signed up for the workshop hoping I’d get a few trophy shots and learn some new skills which I certainly accomplished. What I didn’t expect was to meet a new group of friends, laugh around a campfire, and gain a deep appreciation of the unique location we visited. It’s clear that David and Barry love to share their photographic knowledge with others in a way that’s supportive and sincere. This experience has had a profound impact on my photographic journey.
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
The Art Centre looks like a big old house and that’s exactly what it is. It is situated in the NW corner of Haggard Park in Historic Downtown Plano. Although it has a front porch and the temptation is to enter from the front, you will want to come in through the gate near the parking spots beside the house and enter across the back porch which faces the park. We will be inside on the 2nd floor. You can take the stairs in the center of the house or the elevator located in the lobby where you entered.
9:00 AM – Arrival & set up. PLEASE be on time so as not to disrupt the class.
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 (There are lots of options for lunch in downtown!)
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 transportation 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. Happy tp discuss options with you during class.
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 drinks in one of the great downtown restaurants (Vickery Park is my favorite).
Reserve your spot now!
Important info! We encourage you to create an account when you register so future workshop forms will be prepopulated with your data. Shortly after registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail and a separate email allowing you to pay your registration online. You are not fully registered until your payment is received.
Class size is limited. Reserve now to guarantee a spot.