Mar 212014
Understanding Your Point and Shoot, Prosummer, Fixed Lens SLR, Mirrorless, and DSLR Camera

Understanding “Your” Camera – Beginning Digital Photography

Getting to know Your Current, or Soon-To-Be, Camera’s Capabilities and Settings – $140

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  • Nikon Coolpix L110 Bridge (FLSLR)

    The Class

    Looking to take great photographs instead of just taking average pictures?

    Take our Beginning Digital Photography with your Point & Shoot Compact Digital / Bridge (FLSLR) / Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens (MICL) /Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera class.  This in-depth class is designed to help a near beginner/novice (aka –  average photographer) learn how to understand your specific camera in order to achieve more creative photos.

    We will cover how YOUR camera works and which settings are best for specific photographic situations. We’ll teach you, with hands-on photography, simple creative techniques to enhance your level of photography!

    You may either bring the camera you currently own or rent one that you are thinking of purchasing through our partner.

    3 Hrs $140


    • Usually scheduled monthly on Saturdays
    • Click on “Sign-Up” button to see available classes

    Sony Z-Beauty Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens (MICL) Camera

    We will cover:
    • Resolution & Quality settings
    • Shooting Modes
      • Program – Advanced Auto
      • Shutter Priority – Stop Action or Blur
      • Aperture Priority – Depth of Field
      • Manual – Control All
    • Canon Powershot A2300 Point & Shoot camera
      White Balance
      • Neutrality of Colors
    • Lens Selection
      • View and Compression
    • Video Mode
    • Image Viewing
      • Classes - Digital Camera PhotgraphyReviewing your shots
    • Beginning Composition –
      • How to make your photos exciting to others
    • Shooting Stance
      • Stability and Steadyness
    • Composition
      • Rules of Thirds
      • Leading Lines
      • Level of Camera
      • Repeating Patterns


    This class, or our Intermediate DSLR Capabilities class, is required prior to enrolling in our Photography Exploration Workshops.

    Our Intermediate DSLR Capabilities class, is required prior to enrolling in our Photography Excursion, and Expedition workshops.

  • What To Expect

    This will be a hands-on Camera Instruction and beginning Photography class

    We will meet at our location where we will learn the controls of your camera through taking photographs.

    • 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

    Point & Shoot Compact Digital / Bridge (FLSLR) / Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens (MICL) /Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera

    We will be utilizing your camera’s different settings and modes in real life photo settings.
    We teach all brands and models of Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fuji and more!

    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


    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.

    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.

    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 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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