This is for beginners who have a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (or similar) and want to learn how to shoot with more confidence and creative control. This is a hands-on workshop with a small group, live shooting demonstrations and time for your questions. The instructor will cover all the topics below, but more importantly, will help you find and manage the necessary settings on your camera. We keep the class size small so there’s time for interaction and problem solving.
The instructor will be working with a camera tethered to a computer and projector so you can see what he’s shooting and follow along with camera settings. The classes are geared toward Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras like those made by Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and others. For more information check the FAQ tab.
The instructor will cover all the topics listed in the individual class description and will help you find and manage the necessary settings on your camera. A handout is included.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Your new collection of stuff: batteries, chargers, memory cards, readers, filters, caps and hoods.
- Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera.
- Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, TIFF, white balance and ISO.
- The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you.
- Focal length and maximum aperture: deciphering the numbers on your lens.
- What’s in a name: Why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
- Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light.
- Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!
- Exposure modes: getting off the green Auto mode and understanding the difference between P-A-S-M, (P-Av-Tv-M).
- Built-in flash: when to just say no.
- Focusing modes: if it’s called auto focus, why do some photos still turn out blurry? Taking control of how and where your camera focuses.
- Techniques for stability: stance, camera operation, holding the camera.
- Assignment: we will shoot photos together of live professional models.
- Assignment review: surprises and near-misses, we end the day with a live edit and slide show of your best shots.
- Workshop fee
- Professional modeling fees (so we have some nice, cooperative subjects to test your shooting skills with)
- Lunch (and coffee and soft drinks throughout the day)
- Workshop handouts and custom camera tip sheet for most models of DSLRs
We’ve held this workshop over 50 times since we started in 2009 and it almost always sells out. Client evaluations tell us that people love the wealth of information, hands-on exercises, informative handouts, studio atmosphere, detailed explanations, live model shoot. . . There’s a lot more on the reviews page.
This is an intensive full day workshop. Some people learn best in that environment, others prefer smaller doses. If you’d prefer to break it into individual classes, take a look at the DSLR Evening Class Series. The first two classes teach the same information as this intensive full day workshop but in a larger class environment.
- Cost per person is $240 early registration, $260 late registration.
- Workshop price includes modeling fees and lunch.
- Doors open at 8:45am.
- Workshop starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 5pm.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 6.
- Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.
Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay up to two hours before the starting time.
Q: What’s the difference between the Full Day Workshops and the evening Short Courses?
A: The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 classes cover some of the same material as the Beginner Full Day Workshop. The DSLR-3 class includes some of the material from the Intermediate Full Day Workshop. The workshops are smaller, more hands-on and there is time for shooting with a model. We’ve found that some people enjoy the intensity of an all day workshop while others prefer to have the material spread out over several classes.
Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be bringing in lunch.
Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.
Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.
Q: What kind of camera is best for these workshops?
A: The classes are geared toward Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras like the Nikon D3000, D5000, D7000 series or the higher end D600, D700, D800 or D4 series. On the Canon side the models of any of the Rebel or EOS cameras including the T2, T3, T4 or T5 series, 60D, 70D, 7D or 5D series. The Sony Alpha series is also included even though several are not true DSLRs. The classes may also be appropriate for non reflex, high quality cameras that offer manual controls, such as the Canon G series, Lumix LX, Ricoh GX, etc. If you’re not sure if your camera is appropriate for the classes just drop us a note through the Contact page.
Peter is the owner of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.
He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.