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Basics of Digital Photography

with Rick Allred
Start taking better photos today with essential DSLR techniques!

Move beyond auto mode and gain control of your photographs with step-by-step guidance from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops instructor Rick Allred. Master your camera’s features and join Rick in the field as he reveals how to find flattering light and shoot successfully in shade, harsh sunlight and challenging low light. Learn to use shutter speed and depth of field to maximize detail, minimize distractions and create the best photos possible. Discover the limitless potential of zoom, wide-angle and telephoto lenses and find out how to use a polarizer to make bright colors pop. Discover inspiring ideas for compelling compositions and start taking photographs you’re proud to share.

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Lesson 1. Get to Know Your Camera

  • Meet your instructor, Rick Allred, as he guides you through the features, settings and menus of digital SLRs. Learn when and how to adjust settings such as white balance, metering modes, exposure compensation and focus modes. Start taking control of the many options available on your DSLR.


Lesson 2. Light & Exposure


Lesson 3. Shutter Speed


Lesson 4. Aperture


Lesson 5. ISO


Lesson 6. Shooting Modes


Lesson 7. Lenses


Lesson 8. Composition & Creativity


Lesson 9. Putting It All Together

"This class is excellent. It shows a lot of cool things for beginners and intermediate photographers. If you want to learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, etc., this is it. A lot of examples and an easy-to-learn class."
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