First Steps with a DSLR
with Kristin Dokoza
3 WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS MAY 14
$225 Full Participation | $112 Study Along
The 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.
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.
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).
what you’ll get
4 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
Custom audios/videos based on student Q&A
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
15 videos on the topics covered
"Practice" Assignments Shared but the Instructor
Understanding exposure, light and composition.
Using light effectively and carefully composing portrait and landscape orientation photographs while shooting in Program Mode.
Understanding Aperture and Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode.
Photographing a subject using different apertures in Aperture Priority Mode.
Understanding Shutter Speed and Shooting in Shutter Priority Mode.
Using Shutter Priority Mode to photograph a non-living subject, a living subject sitting still, and a living subject on the move.
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about your instructor
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.
how it works
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
study & ask questions
Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.
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 post their assignments in the forum and receive critique each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along 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, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.