Digital Photography Fundamentals

Text me at 774-644-3880 for an update as to when these classes will run again at Sandhills Community College. 

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Course Description, Overview and Portfolio 

At the end of this class, students will be able to take their digital photography from good to great, understand their camera controls and learn to put a little bit of themselves into every photo. Classes will be made up of lectures, demonstrations, critiques and discussions. Students will be encouraged to share their work with the class. Each class will last 2  hours


Photo Challenge Folder


Week 1
PowerPoint
G Drive Materials
Photo Challenge
Topics: Composition, What makes a good photo? Strong subject and rule of thirds.  Background and foreground elements
Camera Settings – Program Mode

Week 2
Power Point
G Drive Materials
Photo Challenge
Topics: Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO, File Formats – Jpeg and raw, White Balance and Histogram
Camera Settings – Shutter Priority Mode

Week 3
PowerPoint
G Drive Materials
SnapSeed Photo Editing
Photo Challenge
Topics: Review Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO,  Light Metering Modes, Depth of Field, Lens: Fast, prime and wide angle lenses, Portrait, telephoto and macro lenses
Camera Settings
Aperture Priority Mode

Week 4
Review
G Drive Materials
Photo Challenge
Topics: Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO review, Expose for the Highlights, Focus Modes, Focus and Recompose
Camera Settings – Manual Mode


Week 5
PowerPoint
G Drive Materials
Photo Challenge
Topics: Indoor and outdoor flash, fill in flash, off camera flash and diffusers

Week 6
G Drive Materials
Field Trip – Photo Walk
Photo Challenge
Topics: Organizing, Storing and Backing Up Photos
Post ProcessingEditing in LightRoom and SnapSeed
SnapSeed - the Perfect Tool for the Reluctant Post-Processor (PDF)

The Art of Photography

Course Description

Raise your photography to the next level by learning how to capture amazing images. Students will learn by a combination of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and fun photo challenges. Everyone is encouraged to share their work with the class. Each class will last 2 hours.

Students are expected to have a working knowledge of photography fundamentals such as the exposure triangle, depth of field and composition. An understanding of their camera's controls is also very important, as is how to take images in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Modes. 

Shooting in RAW will be encouraged as will be editing photos in SnapSeed App or any other free software. A tripod, cable release are recommend. Using LightRoom or PhotoShop is optional. 

Review PDF

Review PowerPoint           


1. Stunning Landscapes

2. Panorama Workshop

3. Eight Things I Wish I Knew at the start

4. Low Light Workshop

5. Sunset, Sunrise and the Night Sky

6. Taking Great Photos of Mundane Things

7. Take Interesting Candid Photos

8. Flash Photography Workshop

9. High Dynamic Range (HDR), Focus Stacking and Hyperfocal Distance

10. Long Exposure Workshop - Meet at the Carolina Hotel

11. Visual Story Telling

12. Backlight/Silhouettes