What will I learn?
Learn how to use your camera, in a small friendly class, in Downtown Colorado Springs. If you can set your camera to M for manual, you have a powerful machine capable of taking amazing pictures. This is the class to develop your skills, and unlock that power.
What is a shutter speed, and why do I care?
Look at these two images taken a minute apart. The picture on the left is quite a fast shutter speed, so the moving water is frozen in place. On the right the shutter speed iove a minute long, and all the movement has blurred so much, it dissapears! We can control movement when we take a photo. We can freeze action, which is comon in sports pictures, or add intentional, artistic movement blur.
Understanding aperture to make great portraits (and landscapes)
In these two images the background is made blurry. We are in control of how blurry the background (or foreground), can be made to be. How and where we focus is important too, so we'll cover that.
Who is this class for?
Total beginners, to aspiring pros. This class will start at the very beginning, and progress at a comfortable speed to ensure you grasp all concepts, and learn a lot in a short time.
If you have and if you have some knowledge already, this class will fill in the gaps and ensure you're making efficient decisions, and setting up your camera correctly.
This class requires no knowledge of your camera.
What gear do I need?
Required items are a camera, charged battery, and a memory card. If you're thinking of buying a camera for this class, and need advice, please call Simon an .
You'll need the right type of camera for this class. If you can take the lens off your camera you most likely have the right type. We focus on DSLR and Mirrorless style cameras. Here's an example of some of the cameras that are suitable for this class.
DSLR type cameras
- Canon Rebel Series (e.g. T5, T6, T6i, T7, T7i etc.)
- Canon 5D, 6D, 7D series
- Canon XXD Series (e.g. 70D, 77D, 80D etc.)
- Nikon D3000, D5000, D7000 series (e.g. D3500, D5600, D7500 etc)
- Nikon D750, D780 or D810
- Sony A6000 series (e.g. A6300)
- Sony A7
- Nikon Z6, Z7
- Canon EOS R, M50
- Panasonic G7, G85
It's possible to take this class with a "Bridge" style camera, such as a Coolpix, or Powershot, but you'll see run into restrictions on your settings. A DSLR or mirrorless is recommended.
When should I take this class?
You can take any of the Level 1 classes in any order. Ideally after Better Composition, but if it suits your schedule to take this first, that's fine.
A lot of reviews from former students are written after taking this class, at the time of writing this, there are over a hundred FIVE star reviews on Google and Facebook. (Thanks everyone for being so kind!!)
How long is this class?
This class is three sessions, each three hours long. We'll meet once per week, either in the evening or at the weekend. For the current schedule, please see the Lesson Schedule page.
In Part 1, you will learn how to hold the camera properly, how to stand for maximum stability, we'll go over the camera's important dials, buttons and switches, and what they do. You'll learn how to control the amount of light using M (manual), and then apply that new knowledge. You'll learn how shutter affects picture, and the effect of aperture and start to take control your images. You might start this class a total beginner, you'll walk out with a new found confidence!
In Parts 2 and 3 you'll build on what you learn for a well rounded understanding of DSLR phtography. Not just what the camera can do, but why we care. We'll look at other aspects of DSLR photography to help you get the best value from the camera you invested in.
Where is this class held?
This class is held at the Colorado Photography School's Downtown location.