dpu compactStart Taking Better Pictures with your compact camera

Whether you're new to digital photography or just bought a new camera, this class will help you create images that you'll be proud of. Understanding your camera's features is the first step, but knowing when and how to use them is the key to taking a great picture. We'll also give you some easy tips on composition and how to better position yourself and your subject. With a little extra knowledge and a few simple techniques, you can start taking better pictures right away!

Class: $29.99
One 1½-hour class

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smartphone photo classBetter Smartphone Photography

Learn to get better pictures with your smartphone or tablet, and how to do more with your images. You might be surprised at how a few picture-taking techniques can work wonders, and how the best apps really add some zing to your snapshots.

  • Learn tips & tricks for great pictures
  • "Where's that picture?" - Finding and organizing your stuff
  • Get creative with photo editing
  • Keep your pictures safe & secure
  • Use your phone together with your camera
  • Create prints, gifts & more

With a few new insights and a little creativity, you'll see how your phone can be a powerful tool for fun, fantastic photos!

Class: $19.99
One 1½-hour class

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Saturday, March 27
1:00pm - 2:30pm
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6:00 - 7:30pm

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Understanding Your Interchangeable Lens Camera: Part 1

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Whether you're using a traditional DSLR, or a mirrorless system like the Olympus, Sony, or Fujifilm X series, this is a perfect class to help you get started.

Interchangeable lens cameras offer unmatched creative control for taking pictures. Get ready to take advantage of all your camera's capabilities! Whether you're shooting portraits, sports, scenery, or just taking general family photos this class will give you a better understanding of your camera's modes and features. Learn how to quickly get the results you want and easily improve your photos.

We'll start with an overview of your camera, and then head into features like scene modes, controlling focus, and adjusting exposure settings. Great course for anyone wanting to ensure they have a good grasp of their camera's basic operation.

Cost: $39.99
One two-hour session

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Saturday, March 20
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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6:00 - 8:00pm
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6:00 - 8:00pm
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dpu interchangable part 2Understanding Your Interchangeable Lens Camera: part 2

Whether you're using a traditional DSLR, or a mirrorless system like the Olympus, Sony, or Fujifilm X series, this class will explore more of the features your camera has to offer. Using simple examples of everyday shooting situations, you'll come away with more confidence to capture the images you see in your mind's eye.

This next-step class will help you understand some technical aspects such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speed for consistently better exposures, how to control depth of field, and how freeze or blur action. You'll also learn how your camera "sees" light and color, to help you make more powerful images.

Prerequisites: Understanding Your Interchangeable Lens Camera: Part 1 or equivalent experience.

Cost: $39.99
One 2-hour session

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Thursday, April 29
6:00 - 8:00
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Intro to Video for Photographers

If you're comfortable using your camera for photography and have started dabbling in video, you've probably noticed that while some things are the same, others are a lot different. These two classes will help start making better video right away. Take either one individually, or save 15% when you register for the two-session bundle.

Prerequisites: Understanding your Interchangeable Lens Camera: Part 2 or equivalent experience.

1½-hour classes, $24.99 each
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Both Intro to Video classes, Saturdays, May 29 & June 5
1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Intro to Video Part 1: Gear & Filming

Just about every DSLR or mirrorless system camera out there today can record high-definition video. But there's more to creating a movie than just pushing that red button. Join us to learn how shooting video is different from still photography, which modes & settings work best, and the tools and accessories you need (and which ones you don't).

This session will cover the hardware & technical side of shooting video: cameras, audio, lighting, camera settings, video formats, color balance, camera movements, and cinematography techniques that will help you get started capturing great-looking video.

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Saturday, May 29
1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Intro to Video Part 2: Editing & Storytelling

Whether you're getting into vlogging, creating videos for business, or capturing family memories, this class will bring out your inner director help you start creating better movies right away.

First we'll talk about planning for your movie, and how a little extra work at the beginning will save you a whole lot of time later. Then we'll see what to do with all that video footage you recorded, including software options (both paid and free), ingesting & organizing your footage, editing, working with audio, adding a soundtrack, fixing problems in post, and exporting for delivery.

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Saturday, June 5
1:00pm - 2:30pm
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Photo Foundations Workshops

These four sessions will get you up and running with the skills you need to get the most from your camera. Do you feel stuck with automatic settings? This is the class for you! Learn to create better photos more easily, under a wide range of conditions. Each week will feature real world examples and plenty of personal attention for an in-depth understanding of each concept. From portraits to macro and scenery to sports, this course is guaranteed to improve your pictures!

Prerequisites: Understanding your Interchangeable Lens Camera Part 1 or equivalent experience. This class is open to users of any type of camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed: DSLR, mirrorless, or enhanced compact cameras with full manual controls.

1½-hour classes, $24.99 each
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All four Foundations classes,
Saturdays, April 10 - May 1
10:00am - 11:30am
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Session 1: Understanding Lenses, Aperture, and Depth of Field

Learn how to use the aperture of your lens for creative control of the depth of focus in your photographs. We will explore how to adjust the aperture for various effects as well as learn how different focal length lenses affect perspective and depth of field.

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Saturday, April 10
10:00am - 11:30am
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Session 2: Understanding Shutter Speed & Motion

Learning to control your shutter speeds will let you either freeze the action of a moving subject or add a nice artistic motion blur. We'll explore all the options for shutter speeds and how ISO may help you get the speed you need.

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Saturday, April 17
10:00am - 11:30am
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Session 3: Understanding Exposure and Metering

The way a camera sees light and calculates exposure is different from the way your eye works. You'll learn how to think like a camera and adjust the exposure to your liking for photos that capture the scene the way you intended, not the way the light meter decided for you. We'll also explore options for adjusting the camera's light meter for more consistent exposures.

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Saturday, April 24
10:00am - 11:30am
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Session 4: Color, Flash, & Next steps

Learn how the color of light can affect the look of your images and how to work with it for consistent color photographs, or for creative effect. Get started with flash and lighting choices for better pictures in any light. Finally, we'll discuss where to go from here to take the next step with your photos.

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Saturday, May 1
10:00am - 11:30am
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Photography Boot Camp

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Covering all four of our Photo Foundations topics in one class full of intense photo learning, this online class plus hands-on workshop will get you up and running fast with the skills you need to get the most from your camera. Do you feel stuck with automatic settings? This is the class for you! Learn to create better photos more easily, under a wide range of conditions. From portraits to macro and scenery to sports, this course is guaranteed to improve your pictures!

In our online class, we'll talk about:

  • Shutter speed & motion
  • Aperture (ƒ-stop) & depth of field
  • Proper exposure & metering
  • Focus & autofocus
  • Focal length & perspective
  • White balance & color
  • Flash photo basics
  • Camera settings for creative control

Then, in our outdoor workshop session, you’ll participate in hands-on demonstrations for an in-depth understanding of each concept. By the end of the day, you’ll be ready to conquer challenging lighting, ensure your colors are spot on, and understand how your lens choice affects your final image. We’ll also suggest some fun exercises to reinforce what you’ve learned in class and keep your skills sharp.

Prerequisites: Understanding Your Interchangeable Lens Camera: Part 1 or equivalent experience. This class is open to users of any type of camera that allows manual control of aperture and shutter speed: DSLR, mirrorless, or enhanced compact cameras with manual controls. 

Cost: $64.99
2-hour online clasroom session
2-hour outdoor hands-on workshop session

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