Mar 222014
Understanding Your DSLR

Intermediate DSLR Capabilities –

Expanding Your Current, or Soon-To-Be, DSLR Camera’s Capabilities and Settings – $160

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  • The Class

    This class is designed to expand your basic understanding the many camera settings and controls on your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.

    We will cover the different shooting modes, image formats, colorspace, light metering modes,  lens selections, best exposure settings  and histograms for both RAW and JPEG, tripod selection, video modes, and get into improving your composition.

    This will be both an instructional and hands-on location photography class to teach terms, settings and capabilities and to reinforce your DSLR settings and techniques through real-world use.

    You will be required to have a DSLR with you and you can bring your current camera or you can rent one that you are considering through our Partner.

    3 Hrs. $160


    • Usually scheduled Monthly on Saturdays
    • Click on “Sign-Up” button to see available classes
    We will cover:
    • Canon 5d Mark II image format and qualityImage Format
      • RAW
      • JPEG
      • TIFF
    • Resolution settings – Size of Image capture
    • Shooting Modes – When to use them
      • Program – Advanced
      • Shutter Priority – Depth of Field
      • Aperture Priority – Freezing or Blurring Image
      • Manual – Full Control
    • White Balance
      • Auto
      • DSLR Camera GearPre-sets
      • Custom
    • Metering
      • Matrix
      • Center Weighted
      • Spot
    • Lens Selection – Perspective – Compression
      • Prime
      • Wide-Angle
      • Telephoto
      • Zoom
    • Image Viewing
      • Previews
      • Histograms
    • Video Recording
      • Modes
      • Frames-per-second
      • Subject Tracking
    • canon-eos-5d-mark-ii-dslrComposition
      • Rules of Thirds
      • Leading Lines
      • Level of Camera
      • Position & Balance
      • Proportion & Scale
      • Counterpoint
    • Tripods & Remote Shutter Releases
      • Tabletop
      • Monopod
      • Travel
      • Studio


    This class, or our Understanding YOUR Camera class, is required prior to enrolling in our Photography Exploration Workshops.

    This class is required prior to enrolling in our Photography Excursion, and Expedition workshops.

  • What To Expect

    This is a hands-on Camera Settings, Composition and Photography class.

    • Up to 1/2 mile over the course of the day

    Class Size – 12

    We have designed this trip with superb comfort and quality in mind. For these reasons, we have purposely limited this trip to only 12 photographers, and with 2 instructors. Having a small group allows us to be highly efficient while ensuring personal attention and the ultimate intimate educational experience.

    Getting to the Location

    You will need provide your own transportation.

    What to Bring

    Required Equipment

    We instruct on all DSLRs including Nikon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, Pentax, and more

    DSLR Camera

    Our Workshops require the consistent creative control of a Digital SLR Camera (DSLR)  to get the most out of your learning experience.
    We will be utilizing the camera’s Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes, and multiple lenses if you have them.
    We teach all brands and models of Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fuji and more!

    Carbon Fiber tripods


    Tranquility and Stability are prime in Photography.
    To achieve this, we many times need  a sturdy tripod will help improve your compositions and get sharp images.
    A tripod also allows you more time to determine what settings and focus you need to execute your creative insight.

    Your Camera Manual and Highlighter

    We will be referring to your manual throughout the class and you will want to highlight many items for future reference.

    Other Suggested Things to Bring

    Wireless Remote Control / Cable Release

    Since we go through all the trouble to place out camera on a sturdy tripod, we would be doing our image a dis-service is we didn’t keep our hands and body motion away from the camera. A shutter release allows you to do that. This helps ensure a sharpest photo especially in long exposures in dark areas, or at night. They are very affordable to affordable and a necessary tool to have in your camera bag!

    Additional Lenses

    Try to cover a range from very wide (17-20mm), for landscape images, to zoom ranges (100-400mm) for wildlife. It’s not uncommon to see wildlife on workshops (even those structured for landscape instruction), so it’s best to be prepared, if possible. We also encourage you to bring other lenses, like a macro or fish-eye lens if you have them, because there are always endless creative possibilities to be found on our workshops.


    We do a great deal of work with filters in our workshops, so, if you have them, bring them. We highly recommend a Circular Polarizer, and a (3 or 4) soft-step graduated neutral density (GND) filter. We also use straight neutral density filters, which will help us get longer exposures in all times of day, but this isn’t as important as the first two mentioned. We have a few extras that can be loaned out, but you’re going to love what you see with the filters, and you’ll want to have your own.

    Extra batteries

    Bring at least 1 or 2 extra batteries. Batteries drain much quicker while using long exposures and in Cold temperatures. Just like running out of Memory Space to save that perfect last image of the day, dead batteries can spoil the trip.

    Extra Memory Cards

    We will be instructing on the benefits of, and encouraging to shoot in, the superior RAW format. RAW images take up more space on a memory card. Having multiple memory cards will be to your benefit.


    We will spend time, when not in the field, reviewing and critiquing images

    Shoes & Clothing

    Wear good, comfortable walking shoes and wear / bring layers of clothing you can add if/when temperature and wind conditions change, and they probably will.

    Water, Lunch and Snacks

    Snacks and water are supplied on 2 and 3 day workshops. On one day workshops, we stop for lunch at a local food establishment and you can buy meals or eat what you have brought for yourself.

  • FAQs

    >> Why only RAW Digital?

    RAW Digital photography offers unique non-destructive control and manipulation opportunities that are not possible in JPEG images.

    >> Why only Digital?

    Digital photography offers unique learning opportunities. Being able to instantly reviewing images , we can review exposure, composition and histograms, and suggest corrections if needed.

    >> When to arrive?

    All students are expected to arrive on-time per the instructions and to work together as a group to learn, not only from instructors, but also from each other.

    >> What to Bring?

    Each Class suggest different Things to Bring.  Please read the “What To Expect” Tab on the individual Class page for specific details.

    >> Is transportation provided?

    Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the class meeting location.

    >>  Does weather ever alter or cancel events?

    Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).


    >> What happens if I have to cancel?

    When you reserve a spot, it won’t be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure that WDP can:

    • Keep the cost to our Students to a minimum
    • Guarantee a limited number of Student enrollment per workshops
    • Maintain a high number of Instructors to Student ratio

    However, there is an exception to every rule. If, for some reason an Expedition or Workshop  is cancelled by WDP, you will be entitled to a refund, or may choose a credit for a different date. [Read more…]

    >>  Create better photographs!

    These workshops will help you develop technical and creative skills to produce photographs at a Professional level while you build friendships and have fun!


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