Besides discussing the basic operations of
an SLR 35mm camera, this course will explain in detail the
basics of photography including composition, exposure,
lighting, and depth-of-field. In addition students will
learn how to "make" a photograph by using
various apertures, shutter speeds, and lenses. The
course also gives an overview of how various
filters and the use of flash can be used to create
different photographic images. After taking this class, students will
have a firm understanding of what makes a good
photograph, they will be familiar with the basic
operations of 35mm cameras both point
and shoot as well as SLR format cameras, and will have the knowledge
to generate quality photographs. Furthermore,
the student will be familiar with most of the
terminology used in basic photography books, this in
order for the student to be able to continue their
education beyond what this course teaches.
The next step
is to practice and take a lot of images. We
also have sessions on photo editing and output and
printing images for display. Students can also
learn more about creating their own photo books by
"Just wanted to let you know
how interesting and helpful I found your Basic Course.
I've had a SLR camera for years but didn’t know what
to do with it beyond ‘program mode.’ Your class
taught me all the information I need to control the
quality of the pictures I take. Not only did I learn
about the technical aspects of picture taking but also
some of the ‘art’ involved - what to think about when
composing a shot. The slide and print review built
into each lesson was particularly helpful in
reinforcing that day’s lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed
each class and am anxious to apply what was taught.
As I improve, I expect to take your Advanced Class as
want to thank you for holding these classes. Since I
have never taken any photography classes before nor
have I read any photography books, I decided to take
your Basic Course. I love to take pictures but
have been disappointed too many times by the quality
of the photos that my point and shoot camera
takes. I have gone through a few of these
cameras not really knowing much about them but always
trying to find ways to improve the pictures I was
taking. Finally I realized that I need a real
camera and some idea of how to take those great
pictures but didn't know where to start. I
thought about taking photography classes at different
universities but the courses seemed too long and too
expensive. Then I discovered your site! I finally
understand...and just in four weeks! I just bought
my first camera and feel confident that I made the
right choice with the camera body and the lens for my
needs. Prior to this class, I had no idea what I
should look for and what is really important when
making these purchases. I have also learned
about composition, exposures, depth of field, film
saturation, and different techniques. I was extremely
impressed with your vast pool of knowledge and
grateful for all your help, suggestions, and time. I
now know what to look for in trying to capture those
great shots and what to avoid and how to use natural
light to my benefit. As soon as I become more
familiar with my new camera, I'm coming back to take
your Advance Course. The course is so affordable
and easy to follow that I think it would benefit
anyone who owns a camera! Thanks again and see you
a comfortable, friendly environment Jim will teach the
fundamentals of creating a picture.
This course is great for those who may want to
progress beyond the every day snapshot.
In this course the student learns all the
functions of their camera, be it a state of the art
digital a basic manual SLR, or a point and shoot. The student will learn how to compose a picture, the basics
of exposure, what f-stop and shutter speed to use to
obtain different effects.
What film to use, flash photography, and what
to look for when shopping for equipment are other
important topics that are covered.
Jim’s informative lectures and interesting
slides make 2 to 2 ½ hours go quickly. During the four week course the student is asked to take
pictures (homework) and during the last class Jim
critiques these pictures.
Jim, thanks for a great course. Thanks for increasing my enthusiasm in photography."
Class of 06/03
again for a great photography class.
It re-ignited my desire to take pictures.
Now, taking pictures has become both more
challenging and enjoyable at the same time - the
challenge to take better pictures and the thrill of
I learned a great deal about how to take better and
more interesting and artistic pictures as well as the
proper operation of my camera and gear.
Terms such as composition, focal distance and
exposure, to name a few, have been utilized on a
regular basis as opposed to an abstract theory in a
text book. But
most of all I learned to better appreciate the art of
will gladly recommend your course to others."