Fundamentals of Digital Photography


This class is meant for anyone who wants to improve their photography skills by understanding how digital cameras work and by acquiring a solid understanding of the “basics” of all good photography – no matter what kind of camera you now own or may own in the future.
After completing this class, you will know:

  • How a digital camera really works, how it is both similar to and different from a film camera.
  • How to use the settings on your camera correctly to always make the best photo possible for the situation you are in.
  • When and how to correctly use settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering, manual focus,white balance, resolution and other creative controls. Understanding these settings is critical to improving your images.
  • Which file formats to use and when to use them. The pro’s and con’s of .jpg versus RAW
  • How to decide which lenses you should own and when to use them for your own type of photography.
  • How to care for your digital camera to avoid problems and keep it working correctly for years.
  • How to choose the digital camera that is best for your own circumstances and how to pay the lowest price possible.

Some frequently asked questions

Q. Do I need a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera to benefit from this class?
A. Not necessarily. Anyone who owns a camera that allows you to change some settings manually will benefit from the class, even if it is a simple so-called point-and-shoot” camera. However, no matter what kind of camera you own, you will come away from this class with a better understanding of how cameras work, the principles of photography that will help you take better pictures, and what to look for in the next camera you buy.

Next class date: To be scheduled

To get more information call 586-781-6342 or email