Digital Photography 101 - 8 weeks

Location: Burlington Central Library, 2331 New Street
Room: Holland Room, Times: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm

Mondays: January 7th – March 11th (excluding Jan. 28th & Feb 18)

Each week learn the basic fundamentals of how to go beyond "point & shoot" and understand the use of the camera controls to get the photos you want. Understand exposure, how to control "depth-of-field" with aperture, controlling motion with shutter speeds, what lenses & focal lengths are best, composing your photograph, white balance, how to use flash and finish with a final photo critique.

Handout material is provided to summarize each class along with specific sessions having online video components.


Week 1 - Pixels, ISO, File Types & getting a sharp image.

How sensor resolution, print size and file types, effects the image quality.
- Mega pixels and what does it mean.
- How ISO affects image quality.
- How file formats affect image quality.

Week 2 - Understanding Exposure.

How to interpret what the camera sees into effective exposure.
- The camera functions that control exposure.
- Getting the correct exposure - understanding the histogram.
- Exposure compensation for difficult lighting situations.

Week 3 - Using the Aperture and Shutter.

How Apertures and Shutter speeds affects the photograph.
- Using depth of field to control what is in focus.
- Using selective focus to isolate a subject.
- Using shutter speeds to control motion.

Week 4 - Lenses and Focal Lengths.

How lens focal length affects the "look" of the image.
- Using wide-angle lenses to draw out the foreground.
- Fixed focal length lenses and the "normal" perspective.
- Using telephoto lenses to compress the perspective.

Week 5 - Composition.

How to arrange the elements in your pictures to best effect.
- Using the rule of "Thirds".
- Image balance and negative space.
- Using unusual compositions.

Week 6 - White Balance.

How white balance works and when to change it.
- Understanding colour temperature.
- Using the standard white balance "presets".
- Creating a "custom" white balance for difficult lighting.

Week 7 - Using Flash.

Understanding how flash works and when to use it.
- How to deal with flash "fall-off".
- Using effective "fill flash".
- Using flash outdoors under bright sunlight.

Week 8 - Photo Evaluation.

A review of student images with in class discussion.


Course fee: $224.95

To register contact me at:
(905) 523-5665

Please register via e-mail first and once I have confirmed
a spot is available you can pay for the course through PayPal

using a credit card or PayPal account.

Or via mail at:

Burlington PhotoWorkshops
2 King St. W.
Jackson Station
P.O. Box 57095
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4W9

(Please make cheques out to "Paul Sparrow")