Digital Photography: The Camera

This course will cover all the basics of using a digital camera and general photographic concepts. In addition to the technical aspects of digital photography, we will also explore design strategies and learn how to discuss and evaluate photographs through weekly reviews of student-made work as well as perusal of other photographers’ work from throughout the history of the medium.

Weekly Classes will generally be a mix of discussions, presentations, and hands-on activities with our cameras both inside the classroom and outdoors in the neighborhood around Fleisher. (A field trip, though not included in the class outline, may also be scheduled depending on the progress and interests of the class.)

Students should have consistent access to a camera for the duration of the course. Most styles of cameras are welcome, though to take full advantage of the techniques that will be covered during the course a camera with an interchangeable lens is recommended. This includes any DSLR and many mirror-less cameras as well. Information about cameras including recommendations will be covered in the first class.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Thursday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Learn basic photo concepts such as equivalent exposures

  • Learn basic digital imaging concepts such as capture format and sensor limitations

  • Learn basic camera controls such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

  • Learn the basic elements of composition and how to apply them effectively

  • Learn how to recognize available light and use it effectively in photographs

  • Learn how to evaluate and discuss photographs

Required supplies:

  • Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera, or digital mirrorless camera, or a digital point and shoot camera with manual settings capabilities

  • Memory card for digital camera

  • Flash/thumb drive

  • The lab fee includes the use of our digital studio, and one digital print.