First Steps with a DSLR
with kristin dokoza
December 11, 2017
January 15, 2018
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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. This is a Click Photo School textbook course, and you’ll see beautiful examples from a number of photographers to help you understand the concepts covered.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Students must have a digital SLR camera (and its accompanying manual) and a fixed maximum aperture lens (a 50mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.8, or 35mm f/1.4 lens is strongly encouraged, but not required).
Kristin Dokoza is a child and family photographer in California who loves to capture unique light and thoughtful images. She loves to share her passion for light and finding the beautiful wonder that connects your family. Her style is clean, colorful and simple and her images are filled with warmth and laughter. If her Mark III is not within reach, Kristin is creatively capturing light and telling stories with her iPhone. You can view her work here.
100 level (Beginner)
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: Understanding exposure, light and composition
Assignment: Using light effectively and carefully composing portrait and landscape orientation photographs while shooting in Program Mode.
Reading: Understanding Aperture and Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode
Assignment: Photographing a subject using different apertures in Aperture Priority Mode.
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.
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.