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Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR

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shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR with amy lucy lockheart


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First Steps with a DSLR is a 3 week beginner photography workshop designed to help new photographers move beyond auto mode and get the most out of their DSLRs. Students will learn basic concepts of composition and how to use natural light to their advantage. They will transition from shooting on the camera’s auto mode and simply pointing and clicking to shooting in semi-automatic modes (program mode, aperture priority mode, and shutter priority mode) and being a mindful photographer. Topics such as interacting with subjects, capturing the details, storytelling, and gaining inspiration will be covered. Students will gain knowledge and grow as photographers in a supportive and inspiring environment. It’s a great fit for anyone who just got a new camera, moms who want to learn to take better pictures of their children, or anyone getting started in photography.
Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo
“My eyes have been opened to a wonderful new world and I am eager to keep exploring!”
Course at a Glance:
Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo

3 weeks

Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo

daily shooting encouraged

Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo

4 hours of work per week

Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo

this course has prerequisites

Prerequisites

Students must have a digital SLR camera (and its accompanying manual) and a prime (fixed aperture) lens (a 50 1.8 or 50 1.4 lens is strongly encouraged).

Instructor

Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo

Amy Lucy Lockheart is a natural light photographer based in Minneapolis who specializes in children and families. She divides her time between being a mom, running her own photography business, working for Click magazine, and being a mentor and instructor at Clickin Moms. Amy has a special interest in teaching beginning photographers and inspiring others to explore their passion for photography. You can view her work here.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Jodi Arego and Alicia Gould

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

Categories

Shooting
100 level (Beginner)

Course Syllabus

Welcome & Preassignment

Lesson One:

Reading: Understanding exposure, light and composition
Assignment: Using light effectively and carefully composing portrait and landscape orientation photographs while shooting in Program Mode.

Lesson Two:

Reading: Understanding Aperture and Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode
Assignment: Photographing a subject using different apertures in Aperture Priority Mode.

Lesson Three:

Reading: Understanding Shutter Speed and Shooting in Shutter Priority Mode
Assignment: Using Shutter Priority Mode to photograph a non-living subject, a living subject sitting still, and a living subject on the move.

Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR photo

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students receive instructor and TA critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.

Student Reviews of Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR

  1. Charlotte October 26, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    This is an EXCELLENT class for those wanting to learn how to use their DSLR and/or to add some “Attitude” to their photos. It challenges you to think outside of the auto button and create images using various modes, composition, and lighting. Amy is a great instructor going the extra mile to provide answers to your questions. Her video presentations, the material provided, and the critiquing of your assignments are clear, concise, helpful in creating a ground floor in which take more classes. If you are just beginning, this is a great place to start.

  2. Karleen Kennedy October 24, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Hello everyone,
    I just completed Amy Lucy Lockheart’s class, Shooting 101: First Steps with a DSLR and I highly, highly recommend it!! Amy pours her heart and soul into her class and promptly answers any and all questions and will find the answer and direct you to it if she doesn’t know something! Her critiques are very thorough so you’ll have good information to learn how to take better pictures and her step by step approach to teaching is awesome! She also has some awesome teaching assistants and alumini helpers so you’ll get different perspectives and different ways of looking at the same thing. There are downloads and videos to help you understand it all on top of her answering your questions. The class as I described it to someone else is like, “(insert your name here), meet your Camera, Camera, meet (insert your name here)”. She starts you at the beginning and takes you through the steps you’ll need to learn through semi-automatic modes and gets you ready so that the leap to manual mode will be much easier to understand! The class is worth every single penny! I wish Amy could teach me forever as she has a very kind, loving spirit and never makes you feel stupid even when you feel like you are!

  3. lauren October 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Amy was wonderful! This class really taught me a lot and im just sad it was only 3 weeks. I got lots of great criticism and whats great is they also tell you what they like too so you know what you are doing right and what you can work on. I loved looking at others images as well and reading comments that help me with my work. Amy was very helpful and always answered all questions. This class is highly recommended.

  4. Kim June 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I had been on the fence about whether or not to sign up for this course or BDBCE as my first course. I have been shooting in aperture or shutter priority mode. I decided to take this class and I am so thankful I did. Amy has a really explains everything in a way that is so easy to understand. In this class, you begin to learn about the exposure triangle, focusing and composition. This class really helps to get more consistent shots straight out of the camera. The interaction and critiques from the fellow students, teaching assistants, alumni, and Amy is so helpful and really is wonderful. Amy’s handouts and videos are wonderfully detailed and organized. She explains everything in such a simple way that it really makes sense. I absolutely loved this class and think it was worth every penny. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is starting off and/or has been shooting in semiautomatic modes.

  5. Melina June 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I cannot describe how ever grateful I am to have taken this Workshop! Amy is a wonderful instructor! Her materials are thorough, detailed and explicit, without being overwhelming; she makes herself available to offer guidance and answer all questions daily; most importantly, she and the other TAs and alum helpers create a wonderful, supportive, encouraging and enthusiastic environment for learning and fostering creativity!
    My eyes have been opened to a wonderful new world and I am eager to keep exploring! Highly recommend to anyone starting out with a DSLR and love for photography.

  6. Jennifer German May 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I spent four years shooting in one of the automatic modes. The amount of variables involved in manual was overwhelming. First Steps allowed me to make sense of all those variables. I learned more in those few weeks than I had in four years of trying to learn on my own. This class allowed me to take my photography to a place I only dreamed of!
    -Jennifer German

  7. Leann Stoneburg May 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I highly recommend this class!! I purchased my first DSLR in preparation for the birth of our first baby. I wanted crisp, clean, creative photos of our new addition. Well, as her first birthday approached, I was still taking photos on my little point and shoot because I just wasn’t getting “lucky” with my big camera. It was way harder than I thought it would be. I actually came across Amy Lucy Photography on Facebook (we both reside in MN), and a little click here, and a little click there, and the next thing you know, I found myself on the CM website and registered for her class! The first thing I would comment about the class is that Amy’s weekly handouts are fabulous. They have become like a bible to me. She writes in a style that is so easy to understand, and the details she gives about every little itty bitty thing are beyond plentiful. And that means a lot when you are taking an online course. Also, the handouts contain so many visuals which really helped me finally wrap my brain around things like aperture and shutter speed and what it all means technically. What was also great were the critiques we received online each week. The critiques were supportive yet constructive. I was really pleased with this, because I did not want a course where all you heard was compliments. I wanted to learn. In the end, I had (and am still having) those giddy moments when it all comes together and you capture an amazing shot! I feel as if I can now assess a potential shot quickly and shoot it, where before I would just start clicking and hope I would get something. Now I’m getting the shots I want. Next stop: Full Manual!”

  8. Amy May 2, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    I just signed up! SO EXCITED to learn the basics. I can’t wait to dive in!

  9. Kristin May 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Amy’s class was THE BEST starting point for me on Clickin Moms. It can be easy to get overwhelmed, lost, and sometimes even discouraged in the forums at first, especially if you are a new hobbyist mom like me. There is just so much information, and so many amazing photographers that you realize how much your images can improve. First Steps with a DSLR was just the class I needed. I thought I knew Manual mode and I thought I had the basics down from reading books and blogs. Nope! After the class I can’t believe how better my images are straight out of the camera! This class helped me step back, slow down, and re-learn the basics to really solidify them. Now I can identify areas where I want to improve and figure out what I want to learn going forward!

  10. Patricia April 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I did this course earlier this year after purchasing my first DSLR only weeks before. I LOVED IT! and learned so much. Amy is a great teacher and her tutorials and videos were so clear. I was also new to CM so Amy also covered uploading shots and navigating the forums which was invaluable also. You will learn how to get so much more out of your camera by not shooting in auto (but not quite ready for manual). I’d recommend it thoroughly. I’ve since done the best darn beginners course and there is no way I would have coped without doing this first.

  11. Melina April 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I just signed up and am counting the days!!

  12. Areli April 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I’m very excited to take this course!!

  13. Katy April 2, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    I had been wanting to join CM and take a class for quite some time, but I allowed my fear to get the better of me!
    When I saw this class advertised, I decided it was time, so I jumped in right away and signed up. So, so happy that I did, and so happy that I waited for this particular class. I have just finished the Best Darn Beginner with Lynne, and have loved it and learnt so much, but I may have felt a little out of my depth had I not taken this class first. Amy is so incredibly supportive … I felt comfortable right away. Her lessons and videos are fabulous and I finished this class feeling, not only a lot more confident using my camera, but also using the forums here at CM. This is such a great class to get started with. If you’re feeling a little scared, like I was, then a few weeks with Amy and the lovely TA’s will put you at ease – I promise!

  14. Stephanie February 23, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    Love. Love. Love.
    If you’ve recently (or not so recently) bought a DSLR and you’re not getting consistent results or you’re sick of the Auto setting, THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU! It’s a perfect first step for someone just learning about their camera! Amy is great, very supportive and helpful. I learned so much in three weeks, my mind is blown! I’ll never use Auto again!

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